SOC Notes - SOC Notes 4/6/2008 9:18:00 PM What Is Theory?...

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SOC Notes 04:18 What Is Theory? Theory, if developed properly, is about real situations, feelings, experience,  and human behavior. An effective theory helps us to make sense of facts that  we already know and can be tested against new facts. Theories are tentative  answers to the commonly asked questions about events and behavior. What is criminology? Edwin H. Sutherland (1947) defined criminology as the study of the entire  process of law-making, law-breaking, and law-enforcing. Classifying Criminological Theories Theories of making and enforcing criminal law o These theories address law making and law enforcing. o Offer answers to questions of how or why certain behavior and people  become defined and are dealt with as criminal in society. o Why a particular conduct is considered illegal and what determines the  kind of action to be taken when it occurs? o
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course SOC 441 taught by Professor Akins during the Spring '08 term at Oregon State.

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SOC Notes - SOC Notes 4/6/2008 9:18:00 PM What Is Theory?...

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