- Can differential association theory be used to explain Stewart's criminal behavior? Why or why not?
- Can anomie or the different variants of strain theory be used to explain Stewart's criminal behavior? Why or why not?
- Can other sociological theories, such as focal concern, differential opportunity, and subculture theories, potentially explain Stewart's behavior? How?
For a disturbing perspective on Cloward's views, research the “Cloward-Piven Strategy” for destroying a capitalist republic, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloward-Piven_Strategy
- Can some white-collar crimes be more appropriately explained through sociological theories of crime? If yes, what types and how? If no, why?
I also wanted to note that Stewart was convicted of making false statements to the federal government, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to make false statements and obstruct justice. Although these crimes were based on her insider trading deviancy, they are crimes against the state, and in a state that is acting in good faith, these are more serious offenses then insider trading. It is also likely that Stewart was a scapegoat for the finacial industry during a time when the market had crashed, and people were looking for heads. Following this idea, it is possible that Stewart would not have been investigated in a "business-as-usual" environment. .