As we have seen, this theory has been convincingly criticized by showing, with the help of empirical investigations (Sykes and Matza
, 1957; Hirschi, 1969), that criminals do not have a system of values opposed to that of the conventional surrounding society.
(1979) "Techniques of neutralization: a theory of delinquency".
(Hanover, NH: University Press of New England / Brandeis University Press, 1997), 155; oral history interview with Victor P.
, vice president of Fortune Plastic & Metal, Jersey City, N.
Thus our project is framed by the research on adolescent society, but we also draw heavily from Matza
's work (1964; Matza
& Sykes, 1961), emphasizing how the quest for fun and excitement is a ubiquitous aspect of adolescents' leisure activities and how it can take different forms.
Especially enticing is the "touch and feel" aspects, whereby youngsters can see and touch the shiny, sticky drops of wine, and feel the leather of the Hagada (Haggadah), the bumpy matza
(matzah), and the silky matzah bag.
, "Techniques of Neutralization: A Theory of Delinquency," American Sociological Review 22, (1957): 664-670.
As long as there are Jewish people who sit down at the Passover table and eat the matza
of freedom and drink the wine of redemption, and tell the tale of the Exodus from slavery, that is how long this son of Poland, this text-man will be remembered.
In Delinquency and Drift, a classic text of criminology, David Matza
(24) notes that juveniles are neither dedicated nor bound to engage in delinquent acts; rather, because he refutes the existence of delinquent subculture, Matza
insists that they drift in and out of delinquency.
It didn't matter that Matza
had written numerous pieces sympathetic to Israeli victims of suicide attacks.
, Supreme Court of Israel sitting as the High Court of Justice, Case HCJ 7289/02, Bahar et al.