Sociology 1 Lecture8

Sociology 1 Lecture8 - Sociology 1 Lecture 8 Crime and...

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Sociology 1 Lecture 8 31/01/2008 15:27:00 Crime and Punishment Conceptions of Crime o Legal—Codified in law, state agencies have the authority to respond o Popular—our everyday understandings ignore some things that are in  fact illegal, and identify others that are not (sexual assault within a  marriage) Issues with defining crime o Crime is not a self-contained legal or moral category o Criminals are not “characterologically different from the rest of us” Types of crime o Victimless crime—prostitution/gambling o Professional crime—career criminals o Organized crime—influence of other industries i.e. mafia o Transnational crime—People smuggling, international crime o White-collar crime—money laundering/stock fraud o Status crimes—teenagers hanging out on a street corner=loitering  (adults would never have the same problem) o Human rights crimes—large scale abuse i.e. genocide o Violent crimes—assault/murder Official Crime Statistics o Uniform crime reports Strengths—can gather the data quickly, national in scope,  change over time, geographically specific Weaknesses—bias (race, class), filtered, affected by politics
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Sociology 1 Lecture8 - Sociology 1 Lecture 8 Crime and...

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