Criminology 1-17-08

Criminology 1-17-08 - Crime: What, exactly are we talking...

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Crime: What, exactly are we talking about? What is “crime”? o Why is it important to ask this question: How we conceive of crime will dictate how we go about investigating it. Therefore. .. o Crime is: A violation… A violation of law… A violation of law that holds the potential for carceral and/or bodily penalties. Crime and Conflict o “Crime” has little to do with behavior itself… o Rather, “crime” has much more to do about what people feel about certain behaviors o Widespread DISAGREEMENT!!! What offends you, is OK with me o WHO DECIDES? The sociology of crime o What does it mean to engage in the sociological study of crime? What is “sociology”? Term first coined by Auguste Comte Perhaps more of an “orientation” than a coherent discipline The study of “society” Fundamental concern is with “the social” o Social structure (macro; objective) o Collective representations (macro; subjective) o Meaningful social action (micro; subjective)
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