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Social Control Theory and Canadian Aborigonals
An application of the social control theory to the aboriginal people of Canada and their rates of crime.
# 108689 | 1,614 words | 17 sources | APA | 2006 | CA
Published on Oct 23, 2008 in Sociology (Theory) , Canadian Studies (First Nations) , Criminology (General)

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The paper examines the ideas of various social control scholars and applies theories and perspectives to explain higher degrees of criminality amongst Canadian aboriginals. The paper shows how versions of social control theory explain higher degrees of criminality amongst native people with an emphasis on social inequality but highlights how other factors such as history and culture must also be fully appreciated. The paper asserts that mainstream social bonds along with traditional native culture must continue to develop together to deter aboriginal criminality.

Social Control Theory
Canada's Aboriginal Experiences Compared to Mainstream Society
Scholars' Perspectives

From the Paper:

"Social control theory argues that those with weak bonds to societies' institutions are prone to criminal activity, specifically conventional crime. This paper examines scholars that studied various facets of social control theory and applies their findings to Canadian aboriginal societies. Considerable research suggests social control theorists are accurate in their theories that social bonds deter crime. An example of a society that has lost much of its social control is the aboriginal people of Canada."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abadinsky, H. (2003). Organized crime. (7th ed.). Toronto, ON: Nelson Thomson Learning.
  • Cauffman, E., Steinberg, L., & Piquero, A. R. (2005). Psychological, neuropsychological and physiological correlates of serious antisocial behavior in adolescence: The role of self-control. Criminology. Beverly Hills, CA: Retrieved January 13, 2007, from
  • Cole, G. F., Gertz, M. C., & Bunger, A. (2003). The criminal justice system: Politics & policies (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
  • Creechan, J. H. & Silverman, R. A. (1995). Canadian delinquency. Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall Canada Inc.
  • Criminal Intelligence Service Saskatchewan. (2005, Winter). 2005 Intelligence trends: Aboriginal-based gangs in Saskatchewan. Retrieved January 13, 2007, from

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