B.F. Skinner is a behaviorist. That is, he is concerned with observable behavior. He emphasized that the environment is a key determinant of behavior. Therefore, his theory on criminal behavior would be that something in the individual's environment causes the ...
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Criminology & Theories
Q1. Social learning theories assert that it is from the individual's social environment that he or she learns what behavior is considered correct or appropriate within that environment. There have long been debates concerning the role of incarceration (putting people into prison) as a way of reducing crime and rehabilitating criminals.
How would a social learning theorist likely view the role of prison in either preventing crime or contributing to future criminal behavior?
Q2. While social organization and social process theories are related in their efforts to explain criminal behavior, there are also key differences. Compare and contrast these two bodies of criminological theory, focusing on similarities and differences. Justify which group of theories you think does a better job of explaining crime.View Full Posting Details