Bar Behavior: A Social Learning Approach

Tammy S. Garland, Sam Houston State University
Mark F. Hughes, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Much of the recent analysis on bar behavior has focused on the criminality occurring within and around bars using a routine activities theory approach. This analysis will look at bars as a place of acceptable deviance using Aker's Social Learning Theory rather than a place of criminal behavior. The authors will draw support for the theory using observational data collected at a local bar.

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