Why do you think that crime is more common among people with lower social standings?

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I don't know that crime is more common among people with lower social standings.  I have not seen statistics to back this up.  I think the majority of criminals caught are of lower social standings, but I would hate to generalize this topic.

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I don't know that crime is more common among people with lower social standings.  I have not seen statistics to back this up.  I think the majority of criminals caught are of lower social standings, but I would hate to generalize this topic.

One reason more people of lower social standing are caught may be due to a lower criminal sophistication.  People of lower socioeconomic standing tend to have less education.  This may play into their mistakes that lead to capture.  People of lower social standing tend to participate in more visible criminal acts than people of higher social standing.  You are more likely to be observed selling drugs on the streets than you are to be embezzling money.

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Less civilized individuals will be more likely to be both criminal and lacking in social qualities.  Of course there are many people of low social standing because they are poor, not because they are less civilized, but those individuals are unlikely to contribute to the criminal element.  People's lacking in a degree of civilization may be a result of family culture or a result of broken home, or bastardy.

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I will play the devil's advocate on this one by suggesting that the statement might not be entirely valid.  The statement links crime with socio- economic status.  This could be debated in a variety of ways.  For example, white collar crime is something that is perpetrated by not those of lower economic status.  The embezzlement of investor funds by Bernie Madoff as well other crimes that have been perpetrated over the last couple of years has been done by those who sit on the boards of museums and are seen as "pillars of the community."  Additionally, I think an argument can be made that Madoff's ponzi scheme was a more elaborate three card monty or con grift perpetrated by the so- called lower social standing individual.  Crime seems to be something cut across all economic standings.

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There are several reasons why crime is associated with people who have a lower social standing. First of all, people who have an education and a good job are less likely to place their lives in jeopardy to commit a crime. People with a low social standing are often considered to be undereducated.

In addition, people of lower socio-economic status may see crime differently. It may be more socially acceptable, so it is easier to commit crime. Generally, poverty stricken areas are associated with gang activity and crime.

Also, people with a low socio-economic status may commit crime because they need things such as food.

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Other possible reasons, due to the variety of social factors at work in such situations, could include 1) people who live and grow up in poorer surroundings are exposed to crime much more often than those in wealthier neighborhoods.  That is, they see more crime and more criminals, become desensitized to it, and are therefore more prone to commit criminal acts themselves, and 2) they are much more likely to be undereducated.  Even with a high school diploma, sometimes the possibility of instant income from crime is much more attractive than working in the service industry for minimum wage, and seems to have much more social status attached to it too.

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There are two main schools of thought on this topic:

  1. First, many people would argue that this is because people with lower social standing are generally poorer and have fewer prospects in life.  Because they have been born into a disadvantaged position, they are unable to have the same chances to succeed in legitimate ways that middle and upper class people have.  Therefore, they turn to crime.
  2. An opposite point of view argues that the poor have a "culture of poverty."  This view argues that the poor have values and attitudes that make them less likely to succeed at legitimate work.  This culture drives them to be more likely to commit crimes.
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