‘Thereare no children here` is a story of two brothers, who live in Chicagoand are part of a dysfunctional family. The environment the boys areborn in becomes a great determinant of their experiences and howtheir lives turn out. Some siblings end up in a life of crime andsuffer significant consequences for their choices. The sociology ofdeviance has some theories that can be used to describe the type ofbehavior the individuals from the story engage in. One of thesetheories is the typical reaction and other processes theories. Thetheories explain how individuals learn deviant behavior throughlabeling or learning from others. It describes how individualsparticipate in crime by associating the type of behavior to a famousindividual in society especially actors who involved in movies thatare based on crime.
Individualsfeel that it’s right to engage in such behavior because awell-known person in society is doing it. The theories also explainthat individuals learn such behaviors from people they interact withincluding family members or friends. In the story, Lashwan, the firstborn in the family, engages in prostitution and drug abuse. Paul, whois the father, has also been engaging in substance addiction. Lashawnhas learned the deviant behavior of drug addiction from her fatherand to cater for the substance abuse she participates inprostitution (Barkan, 2011).
Sociologistshave come up with what needs to be addressed to reduce crime. Thesocial psychological sources of deviance are the major issuesaccording to sociologists. Issues like frustration and anger come asa result of positive stimuli being taken away from an individual`senvironment and negative stimuli being introduced. Approaches thataddress the social psychological issues that individuals face are thebest way to deal with crime. This way all the underlying issues thatmay lead to deviance are treated. Approaches including sentencing andcourt trials may not work because they only deal with the symptoms ofthe deviant behavior and not the underlying issues.
Barkan,S. E., & Bryjak, G. J. (2011). Fundamentalsof criminal justice: A sociological view.Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.