How is the reaction formation theory related to strain theory?

Assignment Details Who is to blame for criminal behavior: the individual or society?

James T. Johnson is a 24-year-old construction worker who lives at home with his mother. During the week, he goes to work on time, gets his work done, and comes home. Occasionally, he goes out with a group of coworkers on a Friday evening. However, James has a secret. He burglarizes homes and garages in neighboring communities and sells what he steals on the Internet or in pawnshops two counties over.

This past weekend, he was arrested when he entered a home in which the home owner was present. James’s mother had to mortgage her home to bail him out of jail. While driving him home, she berated him, stating that he had ended up “just like his father, a criminal” and that she would probably end up dying early due to the stress of having a criminal son. James was angry and blurted out that it was her fault, that this was the only life he knew because his father never taught him anything worthwhile

. He said that his mother and father fought all the time, and the main subject of their fights was his father’s drinking. Using the scenario above, address the following in 3–5 pages: – Do you think James learned his behavior from his father? Explain your reasoning. –

Could there have been other contributing factors that would have a negative effect on James? –

Do you think that if James had been removed from his home as a juvenile, he would not have become a burglar?

– Are James’s statements to his mother about responsibility only being used to shift blame?

Why or why not? -Using the provided resources, apply reaction formation theory to James’s situation.

– How is the reaction formation theory related to strain theory? –

How is this related to subculture perspective? Resources: