Learning Objectives

7.1 Describe the basic premise of social process theories and how they differ from that of social structural theories.

7.2 Examine differential association theory and the criticisms surrounding it.

7.3 Discuss how social learning theory improved differential association theory.

7.4 Compare the fundamental differences in terms of Sowell’s visions between social learning and social control and self-control theories.

7.5 Explain how labeling and neutralizing theory lead to different policy recommendations.

7.6 Evaluate the policy and prevention implications of social process theories.