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1 intro class - Society o How is it set up? o Class? o...

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- Stats on crime o the bulk of crime is property crime o murder is a very small percentage of American crime o the large majority of crimes are COMMITTED by males only 3 crimes committed largely by women and are mostly to feed a family o The majority of VICTIMS are also male o The majority of VICTIMS are between the ages of 16-40 - VICTIMHOOD DOES NOT OCCUR THROUGH RANDOM EVENTS - CRIME OCCURS IN PATTERNS - SOCIOLOGY – an attempt to understand the social world in an objective and disciplined way o Cannot necessarily be tested scientifically o Empirically based insight Based on numbers and observations o Obtain qualitative data as well as quantitative data in order to better understand the workings of crime o C. Wright Mills Exercise our sociological imagination Look at
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Unformatted text preview: Society o How is it set up? o Class? o Organization system? History o Where does it stand in the development of history Pre-modern Modern Post modern Technology? New technology = new crime (ex. Identity theft) Biography o Mass Biography o What are the values and ideals of those people o What people are privileged Why Here? Why Now? Qui Bono? (who benefits?) Personal Troubles (micro) o Often results from wider public issues Public issues (macro) o Sometimes personal troubles can be caused by public issues Look through fresh eyes o Debunking Motif Sociology tends to want to try to debunk things Test beliefs and see which ones stay and which ones go away o...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Tatum during the Fall '07 term at Calvin.

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