Does Brace’s explanation of the life of the “street rat” reflect the views of social Darwinism, reform theory, or both?

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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
most?

Answer:

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.