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The Sociological Research of Poverty and Crime in the Delinquent Subculture Theory

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2011, 7(3), pp.171-184
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

김영제 1 Pan Suk Kim 2

1연세대학교
2미국 The American University

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study discusses the correlation between social classes and crime within a community in terms of crime occurrence and its control from the socio-economic aspect, and the relationship between poverty and crime with a focus on the delinquent subculture theory in terms of legal consciousness and class conflict. According to the theory, the lower-class members try to achieve success legitimately in a society where the middle class values are dominant, but they become frustrated and express aggression against the middle class norms which have caused them frustration. Furthermore, they even commit crimes to achieve their desired goals. In that, the statistics support the delinquent subculture theory which Cohen argued. Based on the correlation between poverty and crime, this study stresses multi-disciplinary discussion using comprehensive approaches to socio-environmental factors in crime studies, social welfare, and effective social safety nets to reduce poverty.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.