Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Heimer, Karen, and Ross L. Matsueda: A Theory of Differential Social Control
Fawn T. Ngo
The 1990s was a prolific era for the development of criminological theory. During this period, a host of new or revitalized theories was developed. Theoretical development during the 1990s was also influenced by the call of theoretical integration as a way to move the field of criminology forward. However, critics of theoretical integration have noted the tendency of theorists to integrate disparate variables into a causal model rather than integrating propositions into a general theory or simply renaming theoretical concepts instead of reconceptualizing them within a larger theoretical framework. One theory that was crafted during the 1990s and represented an effort at integrating theoretical concepts into a general theory based on the framework of symbolic interactionism was Karen Heimer and Ross Matsueda's differential social control theory . Heimer and Matsueda's theory sought to demonstrate how social interaction serves as an important locus of control of crime and delinquency. According to ...