gkcrime - Developyourknowledge:CrimeandDeviance

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Develop your knowledge: Crime and Deviance Use chapter 13 of Paul Taylor et al (1996)  Sociology in Focus Answer these questions and then learn the answers. You may find it useful to create an  index card for each answer to hold in your revision notes. 1. What is a norm? 2. How do Downes and Rock define deviance? 3. Attempt a definition of crime. 4. Why does Heidensohn consider that there are a variety of acts that are crimes? 5. What varying forms can deviance take in our society? (Think of overt and covert,  singular and collective deviance) 6. Plummer points out that ‘time’ is an element of deviant behaviour. Explain this in your  own words. 7. Why is deviance generally agreed to be a ‘relative concept’? 8. Why must sociologists reject common-sense views of crime and deviance? 9. How do the media create and structure public perceptions of crime? 10. What did Smith say was people’s most significant source of information about crime? 11. Williams and Dickinson discovered an anomaly between media coverage of violent  crime and its actual occurrence in society. What was that? 12. Explain the sentence ‘crime is a social construct’ in your own words. This could be  worth developing into an essay plan. 13. What is the ‘dark figure of crime’ 14. List all of the reasons why one should distrust official crime statistics in your own words.  You may choose to return to this question after reading the whole chapter as this is a  classic question for both crime and for methodology sections of papers. 15. Summarise the main trend in crime occurrence recorded by the police. 1
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16. Account for the trends in crime occurrence with reference to the reporting of crime and  changes in legislation 17. What pattern in nostalgia and public response to perceived crime waves can be seen 
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This note was uploaded on 01/02/2012 for the course SOC 201 taught by Professor Ambersmith during the Fall '09 term at N.C. State.

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