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That social institutions influence the formation of character has become a generally accepted proposition. This doctrine views individuals as but compliant recipients of social influence: personalities are entirely the products of society, and at any point in life an individual's personality can be changed by management of the social world. Crime is said to exist only because society has in some ways failed in its responsibility to give every person the resources to lead a productive life. However, whereas it is true that extreme poverty forces some people to steal, it is obvious that some persons will commits crimes no matter how well society treat them.
Which of the following is implied by the "doctrine" (line3) in the passage above?
A. Social insititutions may reflect personality as much as they shape it
B. Social influence on personality is most strongly felt by the affluent
C. The concentration of wealth in the hands of a privileged few accounts for the existence of crime
D. Bringing about social reform is the most likely means of curtailing crime
E. Less severe punishment of crime would be likely to result in more crime
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again Tough one for me.

Between (C) and (D), just to kickoff the discussion would like to go for (D).
(C) sounds equivalently good..... (can't argue now which one of two is better)
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I would say A. The "doctrine" is well explained by A.
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New post 14 Jul 2004, 12:26
I will also go with A.

[...] This doctrine views individuals as but compliant recipients of social influence: personalities are entirely the products of society, and [...]

So "Social insititutions may reflect personality as much as they shape it" sounds right to me...
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New post 14 Jul 2004, 23:41
What a pity that we don't have the OA!
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New post 15 Jul 2004, 08:39
kewl A should be it, as all the other options go out of the scope of the doctrine.

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