Perspectives in Criminology - What does a person think...

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Perspectives in Criminology Thursday January 24, 2008 Sociological Perspectives: Functionalism/consensus/order -What functions are served? Family and what it does to survive in a society. Crime is the byproduct of dysfunctions institutions. (Family might be failing, government failing) All to keep society balanced. Conflict/Radical -Who benefits? Who pays? Crime is reflective from the inequalities in life. Privileged or not. (Rich get richer, poor get prisoned) Get insignificant punishment if you are somewhat significant. Disparity and inequality. People who make laws are privileged, therefore they are able to make laws that reflect off of themselves. Symbolic Interactionism -Focus on meaning and social interaction. Define the situation. Everything that happens when humans interact.
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Unformatted text preview: What does a person think about the situation. What does the person think about me. Bystander Effect: The more people that are involved, the less any one person takes responsibility. Diffusion of responsibility: Giving different people different jobs on the site. Criminal Event Perspective: The nature of events-participants-before, during, after (weddings) Groom/bride---etc. Crime is a situated transaction-precursors-exchange (place, time, situation)-aftermath Participants in Criminal Event:-offenders-victims-bystanders-witnesses-authorities-public-media Defining Crime:-Conduct prohibited by law-Proscribed penalties Types of law: criminal, civil, administrative Level of offenses: Misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, felony...
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