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The Way You Walk Essay

521 words - 3 pages

The movie A Bronx Tale is set in the Bronx, New York in 1960. This movie

centers on the child of a hard working man, Lorenzo Anello Lorenzo Anello

has avoided the life of crime by working had and holding firm to his beliefs

of good and bad. However, his son Calogero Anello becomes involved with

the neighbor hood gangster Sonny. Against the wishes of his father

Calogero relationship with Sonny continues until the death of Sonny. There

are three sociological theories of crime that can explain Calogero continued

friendship and growth in this life of crime differential association, labeling,

and strain.

Calogero's career as a criminal begins with simple errands for Sony. As
a child who did not know any better, Calogero felt that ...view middle of the document...

Firstly, when Calogero is being punished by his
father for continuing to work of Sonny. In this example Calogero seems to
simply be putting up with the punishment that no longer has any effect. Secondly in the other scene Calogero shows up at his house to show off
his new cloths to his mother. He is wearing an expensive suit with dress
shoes. At this point other theories of criminality begin to emerge as
explanations of the continued behavior.
Differential association is the theory that criminal behavior is learned by the
interactions of a particular subculture of group. Calogero is introduced to all
the players of this neighborhood gang and at the same time given attention
and praise for essentially being a good criminal. At this point Calogero has
stopped attending school and he spends his days with the other men. One
scene shows the other gangsters and Calogero in a basement playing
cards and dice the men loudly praise Calogero. Later in this scene
Calogero is given the opportunity to play dice and as he wins, the men who
bet on him win and the praise continues. This is a much different response
then what he gets at home. Additionally, he has recruited some of his friend
to help him with his work. Calogero and his friends mimic the men by
committing crimes and hanging out on the street during the day.
The final theory of criminality depicted in this film is labeling. While it’s often

suggested that labeling is meant to deter the criminal behavior, this film

portrays the opposite. This is seen when Calogero come out of court. After

being caught selling cigarettes Calogero is faced with a lingering deviant

lable that will more than likely boost his chances of future deviance based
on the crew he is hanging out with and the roll models he perspires to be.

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