c-28 - group- Relative to given individuals and situations-...

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1/26/09 3. Social Concept of the Law - Focuses on the processes by which crimes are defined and criminal become  labeled as such - “Deviance is not a quality of an act the person commits, but rather the  consequence  of the application by others of rules and sanctions to an offender” (Howard  Becker) (how do we view the context  of the act? Ex. Murder vs. war) - Rules apply to conduct viewed as harmful or embarrassing to the people of the 
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Unformatted text preview: group- Relative to given individuals and situations- Subject to the structure of the group *We must understand crime as a social phenomenon. - As a socially constructed and interpreted event To understand crime, we must pay attention to: 1. Process by which people get labeled as criminal 2. Who gets labeled as criminal 3. What happens to individuals...
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