Essay: Competition resulting in social stress
Our world today is ever changing and moving at a fast pace. As a result, the society is subjected to intense pressure from ever increasing competition which is translated to social strain. Thereafter, this social stress and strain on the society results to the propensity and cultivation of healthy grounds for crime and criminal acts within individuals or/and group as unit of society. Amidst these acts and scenes of crime, the outstanding question to be addressed by a criminologist before intervening into crime prevention and control is to understand the nature and cause of crime by getting down to the root of the crime.
In this regard, there are some useful questions that can help a modern criminologist to get root and nature of the crime. These are: Why do people perform criminal acts? Is it something in their genes? Is it something in the hand of fate? Or is it something that they learn? These questions help a modern criminologist approach to understanding the trends of crime prevalence and occurrence, in order to better contribute towards crime combating. In this line of thought, this paper shall seek to theoretically explain crime occurrence and prevalence through use of criminological theories.