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08_NEW_Critical_Criminology_Ch_7-1 - Critical Criminology...

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Critical Criminology Labelling Feminist Criminology Conflict vs Marxist Theory
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Critical A judicious challenge or criticism. An important juncture or turning point A stage or condition beginning a chain reaction
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What Critical Criminologists believe Racism, Sexism, Imperialism Unsafe workplace, inadequate child care Poor Housing, Pollution, War These are true crimes. Government allows these to exist.
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The purpose of law According to Critical Criminologists Not – to maintain peace and tranquility Is – to control the rights and actions of others, particularly the weak, poor, or underclasses CC- seek to explain and remedy crime caused by inequality and abuse of power
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LABELLING THEORY I’m not the person you think I am. I’m not the person I think I am. I’m the person I think you think I am.
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Labeling The Societal Reaction Theory How the actor (The Criminal!) perceives the reaction of others. “What do others think about what I’ve done?” The act is “OK” in the mind of the actor. The act is deviant in the opinion of others. So that makes it a “Conflict Theory”
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Labeling and social control Social Control and Societal Reaction Criminality is not the fault of the actor. A criminal act is defined by others…so it makes it appear that “being criminal” is not MY fault.
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Labeling Labeling is a process that eventually produces identification with a deviant image and subculture… “resulting in the rejection of the rejecters.” Criminality is a designation that is assigned by authorities. “Getting Caught”
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course SOC 012 taught by Professor Felson,richardb during the Spring '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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