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This overview of Strain Theory begins by locating its origins in the work of Durkheim and the concept of anomie.


It then explains the basic rationale, central concepts and mechanics of a theory that has become both a standard theoretical explanation for crime and hugely influential in the development of subsequent sociological theories.


Key concepts covered in this video:


• Crime as "normal”

• Social integration

• Strain Theory

• Anomie

• Common goals

• Aspirations

• Blocked opportunities

• Legitimate means

• Illegitimate means



















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