Political Soc 12 - Power, Violence and Crime

Political Soc 12 - Power, Violence and Crime - Is the...

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Is the United States more violent than other countries? Agree Disagree Unsure
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Rate of Violent Crime in 164 Countries Rank Rate per 100,000 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1 1468.72 Grenada 2 1449.48 South Africa 3 1302.58 Turks and Caicos 4 875.55 Australia 5 862.13 Sweden 6 796.65 Dominica 7 790.20 Swaziland 8 773.63 Namibia 9 687.64 Antigua and Barbuda 10 649.45 Puerto Rico 11 623.61 Saint Kitts and Nevis 12 604.00 The Bahamas 13 601.67 Belgium 14 586.51 Latvia 15 570.97 Costa Rica 16 542.94 Botswana 17 523.51 Jamaica 18 511.89 United States 19 504.43 Source: Winslow, Robert W. and Sheldon X. Zhang: Criminology: A Global Perspective, 2008, p. 32.
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Homicide Rate Per 100,000 Population United States 07 5.6 Germany 05 2.9 2.9 2.9 Sweden 05 2.6 Finland 07 2.4 New Zealand 07 2.1 Canada 07 1.8 N. Ireland 07 1.7 France 06 1.4 England 07 1.2 Denmark 07 .9 Source: Statistics Canada, Interpol Ottawa and national Japan 05 . 6 statistical office websites . . .
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Who commits violent crimes? Men in Men in Women Women Unsure Teens 30s in Teens in 30s & 20s & 40s & 20s & 40s
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Who is the most typical homicide victim in the United States?
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Characteristics of Violent Behavior - Crime continues to decline in the U. S., including violent crime. - The U. S. leads all industrialized nations in homicide rate. - Crimes of violence in the U. S. are concentrated in the lower class. - Personal violence in the U.S. is highest among males, aged 18 to 24. - Many murderers know their victims.
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How do Sociologists explain violence? - Violence is related to social situations. - Differential power plays an important role in understanding violence.
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The New York Times June 8, 2008 Albinos, Long Shunned, Face Deadly Threat in Tanzania By Jeffrey Gettleman Discrimination against albinos is a serious problem throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but recently in Tanzania it has taken a wicked twist: at least 19 albinos, including children, have been killed and mutilated in the past year, victims of what Tanzanian officials say is a growing criminal trade in albino body parts.
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