Posted: April 4th, 2015
Classical criminological theories suggest that an individual’s decision to participate in deviant behavior is based upon free thought and a consideration of the pleasure of the act versus the pain of punishment if caught. While similar in several ways, neoclassical criminological theories expand upon the classical viewpoint.
Select one the following neoclassical theories: (1) rational-choice, (2) deterrence, or (3) routine activities. Begin your response by explaining the premise of the selected neoclassical theory. Next, compare and contrast the selected neoclassical theory with the classical criminological theory point of view. Conclude your response by identifying whether you believe the classical point of view or the neoclassical theory you selected does a better job of examining deviant behavior. Discuss why this point of view is better for explaining why individuals decide to participate in deviant acts.
Your essay response must be a minimum of 500 words, not counting references listed at the end or repeating of the question, and cited per APA guidelines. A minimum of two scholarly resources is required to support your response.
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