Social Problems 4 - Crime and Social Control

Social Problems 4 - Crime and Social Control - Case Studies...

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Case Studies 1.Violence 2.No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial and ethnic minorities. 3.How schizophrenia became a black disease.
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How do Sociologists explain violence?
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1. Violence is related to social situations. The fundamental principle of sociology is that human behavior – deviant or nondeviant – occurs in a social context and cannot be understood apart from that social context.
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2.Differential power plays an important role in understanding violence.
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The New York Times, June 8, 2008 Albinos, Long Shunned, Face Deadly Threat in Tanzania By Jeffrey Gettleman Many people in Tanzania – and across Africa, for that matter – believe albinos have magical powers. They stand out, often the lone white face in a black crowd, a result of a genetic condition that impairs normal skin pigmentation and strikes about 1 in 3,000 people here. Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are now marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make people rich.
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The New York Times, May 23, 2009 A Century of Looking the Other Way By John Banville Everyone knew. Surely the systematic cruelty visited upon hundreds of thousands of children incarcerated in state institutions in this country from 1914 to 2000, the period covered by the inquiry, but particularly from 1930 to 1990, would have been prevented if enough right-thinking people had been aware of what was going on? Well, no. Because everyone knew. 4.2 – Child Abuse in Ireland 4.3 – Sex Trafficking
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L.I. Teenagers Hunted Latinos as ‘Sport,’ Prosecutor Says By Manny Fernandez In a packed Long Island courtroom, a prosecutor laid out in chilling detail the “sport” that she said the defendant and his friends had made out of attacking Hispanic men. 4.4 – Marcelo Lucero
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