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One ability of mind that we need Two elements influence the definition and  variation of social problems Three theoretical perspectives on social  problems Four articles as examples 
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Do you feel safe?
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Facts about crime -crime is everywhere -similar criminal justice systems  (police, courts, prisons) -adult males make up the largest category  of crime suspects -theft is the most common crime  committed 
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Facts about American crime  -1980, the highest property crime rate -2000, overall crime rate had decreased  below that of Finland, England and Wales,  and Denmark -U.S. has experienced a downward trend in  crime
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Do you believe the crime rate?
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A crime is a violation of a federal, state, or local  criminal law Official Statistics  Crime rates/ Clearance rates Problems:  Unreported incidents of crime Unrecorded incidents of crime exaggeration -a better indicator of what police are doing
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Victimization Surveys “asking people whether they have been victims  of crime” -provide detailed information about crime victims Self-Report Offender Surveys “asking offenders about their criminal behavior” -exaggerations and concealment -every adult has engaged in some type of  criminal activities
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Sociological theories of crime and violence: The role of  social factors  in criminal  behavior and  societal responses  to it
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Crime is functional for society 1. Strengthening group cohesion 2. Social change
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What is your goal?
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