Introductio1 - Introduction In this set of notes we are...

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Introduction In this set of notes we are going to look at two aspects of the “social distribution of crime” in Britain. Firstly, an overview of the basic patterns of criminal behaviour that exist in our society. Secondly, an overview of various theoretical explanations for these crime patterns. The Pattern of Crime In relation to the social distribution of crime, there are two basic aspects at which we might usefully look: 1. Who commits crimes in Britain. 2. What types of crimes are committed in Britain . Before we consider each of these ideas in more detail, a number of qualifications have to be noted: 1. Firstly, our knowledge about crime in Britain is based upon two main sources of information: a. Official Statistics collected by the police and published by the government (these can be found in " Social Trends ", published each year by HMSO). b. Self-Report and Victimisation studies . This type of study is basically a social survey of people's experiences concerning crime in any one year. The largest and most authoritative of these studies is that of the " British Crime Survey " - a survey that has been carried-out for the Home Office every two years since 1982. 2. The type of source we use as the basis for an examination of the social distribution of crime
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Introductio1 - Introduction In this set of notes we are...

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