134lecture22(mar02)

134lecture22(mar02) - Measuring and Labeling Deviance March...

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© 2005 David Schweingruber Measuring and Labeling Deviance March 2, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Key points about crime trends People most fear “random crime” • Patternless: It can happen to anyone • Increasing: Crime is getting worse • Pointless: Criminal motives make no sense But none of these claims are true • Crime is not random: it is stratified by gender, race, class and age • Official crime is currently declining • Criminals have reasons for committing crimes
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Homicide rates for 20th Century 5.6 5.5 10.2 9.7 4.0 1.2 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 1900 1906 1912 1918 1924 1930 1936 1942 1948 1954 1960 1966 1972 1978 1984 1990 1996 2002 Victimization per 100,000
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Homicide victimization by gender & race, 2002 (UCR) 5.6 8.8 2.6 3.3 20.8 0.0 5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0 Victimization per 100,000 Total Male Female White Black
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Homicide victimization by age, 2002 (UCR) 2.5 5.7 11 15.3 4.5 1.5 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Under 14 14-17 18-24 25-34 35–49 50+ Age Victimization per 100,000
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© 2005 David Schweingruber Other 1.4% White on black 3.2% Black on white 8.1%
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