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Four articles from different theories The reaction-card question
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The structural-functionalist perspective The conflict perspective The symbolic interactionist perspective
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1895  The faces of female criminals Traits of “Born criminals” Facial asymmetry  Large jaws Overlapping teeth Canine incisors Cleft palate Receding forehead Black hair Hollow-out nose Deep-set eyes……
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“Bron Criminals” can be identified as  “throwbacks” Reversions to an earlier evolutionary stage  More virile, less feminine  (here also  implied males are more likely to be criminals)
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(1) A study of “social pathology” theory (2) Finding out “sick” people in our society (3) Indicating that we can discover           criminals by examining faces  (4) Criminals are bron to be criminals
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Do you have at least one trait that the  authors mentioned? What is the potential consequence of this  kind of argument? 
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Didn’t look beyond the individual level     -crimes are attributed to individual reasons     -failed to examine the social causes of crimes      (for instance, the female criminals were ill- treated)    Certain types of facial traits are stigmatized  
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Are we still using faces to make judgement? 
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What’s the order of seriousness for you? (A)Breaking into a house (B)Selling the adulterated food (C)Making a bad social policy
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Do you agree that laws equally protect  everybody?
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1976 The legal order is NOT neutral The legal order in U.S. serves the interests 
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