Social Learning and Social Structure

Ronald L. Akers


Social Learning and Social Structure

Social Learning and Social Structure

  • Title: Social Learning and Social Structure
  • Author: Ronald L. Akers
  • ISBN: 9781555533106
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover



The social learning theory of crime integrates Edwin H Sutherlands differential association theory with behavioral learning theory It is a widely accepted and applied approaches to criminal and deviant behavior However, it is also widely misinterpreted, misstated, and misapplied This is the first single volume, in depth, authoritative discussion of the background, concThe social learning theory of crime integrates Edwin H Sutherlands differential association theory with behavioral learning theory It is a widely accepted and applied approaches to criminal and deviant behavior However, it is also widely misinterpreted, misstated, and misapplied This is the first single volume, in depth, authoritative discussion of the background, concepts, development, modifications, and empirical tests of social learning theory Akers begins with a personal account of Sutherlands involvement in criminology and the origins of his influential perspective He then traces the intellectual history of Sutherlands theory as well as social learning theory, providing a comprehensive explanation of how each theory approaches illegal behavior Akers reviews research on various correlates and predictors of crime and delinquency that may be used as operational measures of differential association, reinforcement, and other social learning concepts Akers proposes a new, integrated theory of social learning and social structure that links group differences in crime to individual conduct He concludes with a cogent discussion of the implications of social learning theory for criminology and public policy Now available in paperback, with a new introduction by the author, this volume will be invaluable to professionals and for use in courses in criminology and deviance.


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