Does Brace’s explanation of the life of the “street rat” reflect the views of social
Darwinism, reform theory, or both? If both, which of the two views does it emphasize
I think that his explanation reflects Social Darwinism because he seems to infer that American “street rats”, in their conduct, seem to have changed from their European ancestors/relatives. Also, he doesn’t seem to believe in the reform role of law: he refers to it, rather, as something that keeps the “street rats” in check and prevents a large-scale destructive event.