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date: 23 September 2019

subculture of violence theory 

Source:
A Dictionary of Gangs
Author(s):

Bill Sanders

A theory that explains that violence is concentrated within working-class communities due to norms and values that allow for violence. Developed by Marvin Wolfgang and Franco Ferracuti, the subculture of violence argues that violence is not expressed in every situation but rather that individuals are constantly prepared for violence. The subculture is defined by its willingness to engage in violence and has a broad base of support within the community. Violence is a learned behaviour and is reinforced through interaction with others who value violence. Violence is not viewed as illicit or illegal, and individuals do not feel guilty about committing violence. Later, Elijah Anderson would advance this theory in the development of his ... ...

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