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    In the phrase "differential association," what is meant by "differential" and what is meant by "association?" Armed with your understanding of the theory of differential association, what would you recommend for policy changes in the way our society deals with crime and the causes of crime? Make sure that your proposals for policy reflect your understanding of the theory.

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    Differential Association Theory, proposed by Edwin H. Sutherland (1947) proposes that
    criminal behavior is learned, through the many influences of social groups. He argues against
    biological or economical theory, which he claims do not fully explain why the level of criminal
    activity varies from one social group to another. In the definition, association is considered
    the social contacts and influences an individual is exposed to that may have an influence on
    behavior. Social contacts provide a standard of behaviors that is acceptable. If social groups
    provide examples of criminal behavior, it becomes more acceptable to an individual. Not only
    is the behavior learned through social contacts, but specific rationale, motives and techniques
    as well.
    In this theory, differential refers to the various ...

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