This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: Chapter Four: Social Construction of Serial Murder 1) Give the basics of each of the following theories. How does each contribute to an understanding of serial killing? Which do you believe, if any, is the most effective in explaining serial killing? If you do not believe none of the theories are relevant, explain your reasoning.. Social structure Social class Social process Neutralization Social control Social Structure Focuses on the person’s economic status  Poor people are more inclined to commit crimes to achieve financial stability  The minority tries to attain success through deviant methods Urban homicide rates tend to be associated with social disorder, alienation, drugs, fear, disassociation, poverty, and broken homes Most serial killers have been located in and around most major U.S. cities Serial killers are able to prey on victims because they flock to centers of their own economic and social status, such as bars, or shopping malls Social Class Theory This theory suggest that serial killers target people of the opposite social class or standing of them selves  Men kill woman, women kill men  Killer choose victims of same social class or lower Homicide patterns tend to be more prevalent among the lower classes Social Process Theory Socialization blame in crim beh  Different agents of socialization affect process which in turn may produce conditions likely for crime beh Peer-grp pressure, fam problems, poor school performance, legal trouble Anyone regardless social class capable crim beh depending on how successful socialization is/is not Family plays key role Albert Bandura - 197 Theory of aggression  Type social learning theory  Look to SK’s past Esp childhood Victimization experiences Witnessing viol beh Crim 220, Spring 2008, Homicide Dr. Kelley 1 Brown – 1984  Emotional neglect/abuse also assoc w/del  Found no assoc between phys abuse and del Social learning may be subtle Wolfe – 1985  Children witnessing family violence display lower social skills and beh problems  Indirect effect of exposure of viol  Social learning of aggression may have delayed effect Ruth Inglis -1978  Strong assoc w/abuse in children and viol beh later  Low fam income and if parent had been abused as child was assoc w/damaging relations w/children  Above supports social learning theory Dean et al. – 1986  Grp of maltreated compared to non-maltreated children  Kids asked to tell stories, kind and unkind beh Child-to-child, adult-to-child, child-to-adult...
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course CRIM 220 taught by Professor Kelley during the Spring '08 term at Longwood.
- Spring '08