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Sociological Theories of Criminal Behavior
There are three dominant theories of crime namely; classical, biological and social. The
purpose of this essay is to compare the three sociological theories and propose the one that is
most applicable to the modern day crimes.
Differences between the Sociological Theories
The differences between the sociological theories are evidenced by how each of the
theories explains crime.
The classical theory of criminology originated from the enlightenment period at the
periphery of the 18th century. The theory posits that criminals practice free will and make
rational choices when committing a crime, legal doctrines are a testament to this kind of classical
thought. An example is the maxim mens rea or ‘guilty mind’. Jeremy Bentham explains the
concept by sta...

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