Criminology 1-22-08

Criminology 1-22-08 - Durkheim and the Normality of Crime...

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Durkheim and the Normality of Crime Founding fathers of sociology: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, and Max Weber Durkheim was concerned about how industrialization affected the masses Crime is integrated o It keeps us together (the punishment is integrated for the people that commit it) “Can science say anything about the pathological” o Some say science cannot tell us anything about what should be, it can only tell us about what is (85) “[Science] observes, explains, but does not judge…” o This view strips science of all practical effectiveness and consequently of any real justification for its existence * American Society of Criminology (ASC) has only taken a policy position on one topic – death penalty (deems it racist) Value Neutrality o There’s been a bit of an over-reaction by those aspiring to a science of society *THEORY IS GOOD…DATA IS BETTER!!! Attempting to escape the mystic ways of the past Health and Sickness o “For societies, as for individuals, health is good and desirable; sickness, on the other hand, is bad and must be avoided
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOCI 301 taught by Professor Myrstol during the Spring '08 term at Arkansas.

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Criminology 1-22-08 - Durkheim and the Normality of Crime...

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