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Introduction - Introduction Thus far in this series of...

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Introduction Thus far in this series of Teachers’ Notes we've looked at: 1. Ideas concerning the way both concepts of crime and, in particular, deviance can be defined. 2. The various ways that we can begin to understand how conceptions of criminal / deviant behaviour are based upon social processes (involving such ideas as social reaction , levels of social harm and so forth). 3. General background information about crime in Britain that focused on some basic patterns of social distribution (considered in terms of such concepts as age, sex and class ). These patterns were based upon both Official Statistics and information from self-report studies such as the British Crime Survey (a government-sponsored bi-annual survey dating from 1981). The next step, therefore, is to build upon the above and start to look more closely at the nature of crime and deviance (how, for example, various sociologists have theorised the nature of crime)
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