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Criminology Lecture Notes3

The principle part of the learning of criminal

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The principle part of the learning of criminal behavior occurs within intimate personal groups . Copresence – must be together in order to learn criminal behavior – must engage in face-to-face interaction . Watching movie doesn’t mean you are copresence . A lot is communicated just by people being with one another . When criminal behavior is learned, the learning includes: . Techniques of committing the crime, which are sometimes very complicated, sometimes very simple . Criminal must learn all the techniques of their crime trade – learned them through a process/period of apprenticeship . The Personal Thief (1937) – . Believed crime involved a set of skills, making up a professional activity . The specific direction of motives, drives, rationalizations, and attitudes . Linguistic constructs – things which are said, put into words – when an individual uses a linguistic construct, in his mind or actually in speaking, he defines the situation as one calling for a criminal act . Ex. The shoplifter may use a linguistic construct if she is in a store and sees that there are no clerks/customers around – absence of those people will make the shoplifter define the situation as one of a theft . Rationalization
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. Person committing crime cannot control their behavior when they commit one of the crimes of impulse – criminal is being rational in that he/she uses a linguistic construct . Linguistic construct structures a criminal act – gives person an idea of how to commit crime and presents person with an objective . Kressy (?) says the offender is often rationally engaged . The specific direction of motives and drives is learned from definitions of the legal codes as favorable or unfavorable . What people learn, according to Sutherland, are attitudes about the law . People learn attitudes about the law – if they have unfavorable attitudes about the law, they will violate it . Laws too restricted in this country, so they break the law – . DEFINITIONS UNFAVORABLE TO THE LAW ( ex. Fuck the law) . Problem is that you have a wide diversity of groups – no consensus, so what appears to be disorganized is actually a very complex form of social organization . Differential social organization – different groups that have definitions unfavorable to the law . Competition/individualism – characteristic of the modern world . Make up our own minds – freedom to think for ourselves – use reason – modern world is ripe for allowing people to make up their own minds and develop their own definitions unfavorable to the law . People no longer feel constrained to what they think of the law . Horizontal mobility – lots of people moving around . If you move around a lot, more likely to encounter people unfavorable to the law . Ex. If you travel to a state that believes in legalization of marijuana, you will come back with unfavorable definition of law . A person becomes delinquent because of an excess of definitions favorable to violation of law over definitions unfavorable to violation of law .
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