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NCJ Number: 160003 Find in a Library
Title: Gun Use in Crime, Rational Choice, and Social Learning Theory (From Routine Activity and Rational Choice: Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 5, P 85-102, 1993, Ronald V. Clarke and Marcus Felson, eds. - See NCJ-159998)
Author(s): R W Harding
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter explores how rational choice theory and social learning theory can be combined and applied to explain data on gun- related crime.
Abstract: The author uses data from research conducted in Western Australia, and U.S., Switzerland, and Japan to demonstrate that the central notion of bounded rationality in rational choice theory is tied up with the social learning experiences that precede the commission of a crime. In addition, social learning may be profoundly affected by the cultural context and meaning of those experiences. Research drawing upon both these perspectives can enhance understanding of the phenomenon of gun use in crime and the weapon choices of violent offenders, and can contribute to policy discussions related to crime prevention and sentencing. 3 tables, 14 notes, and 35 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminology theory evaluation; Firearm-crime relationships; Research design models; Social Learning
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