For all theories, think about:
Strengths and limitations of theory
Does it explain all types of crime?
Does it explain age/gender/race/class patterns?
Does it explain change in crime over time?
How would we reduce crime?
Criminology Notes - March 17, 2017
Disorganized neighborhood? Yes, vacancies; it is a sign of mobility
Lack of social control the neighborhood cant control the playground of the older kids
Why would the playground help?
Fixing broken playground fixing phy
Crim Homework Notes Life Course
Marriage reduces crime.
o Marriage is correlated with desistance
4 Reasons why marriage would cause desistance?
o Social bonds/social control
o Routine activities
o Direct control social bonds, social learning,
Criminology Notes 2-22
Routine Activities Theory daily patterns of life; things we do on a regular basis.
o Cohen & Felson 1979 were seeing changes in the daily patterns of life.
Women in the work force more; interacting more, not at home as much
Criminology Notes 2/15/17
What are theories?
o Explanation for phenomena.
o Crime rates; higher or lower.
We largely see integration of theories or multiple theories.
Classical individual choice
Positive/Deterministic outside factors; passive (cultural
Crim Notes 4-12-17
These bonds include: attachment to parents, school, and peers; commitment to conventional lines of
action; involvement in conventional activities; and belief in a common value system.
1: for males and females, attachment bond variables
Crim Notes 3/27/17
Learning Theories: Page(s) 297- 302, 326-328
Attempt to explain how and why individuals learn from significant others to engage in criminal rather
than conventional behavior.
Tabula rasa blank slate; people are born with no tendency tow
Monday, February 6, 2017
Crim Notes 2/6/17
Research project due Friday, February 17, 2017
Matrix/Outline due Friday, February 10, 2017 2/13/17 at the latest.
Exam #1 Monday, February 13, 2017
Official statistics/UCR (
Crim Notes 4/10/17
Low self-control Crime
Analogous behavior: not really crime, but show some of the same issue of
o Low self-control comes from the default of lack of teaching from parents, significant
Criminology Notes 2/24/17
Structural Strain Theory Merton (1938)
Shared cultural goal $
Institutionalized means through hard work shared cultural rituals.
Mismatch between [goals (that you want) + reality] STRAIN = anomie (the feeling of
Chapter 10 Systems of Higher Education
History and Development:
12th and 13th centuries oxford and Cambridge
for religious thought
function transmitting knowledge
19th century added research as a function
created tension between teaching time and research
Book Review Instructions
(Worth 30 Points / Due April 5 Tuesday)
Instructions: Write a 2-3 page book review based on your reading of The Other Wes Moore,
class lectures, and assigned readings.
Use the first paragraph to briefly summarize
Experimental Research in sociology notes
Cause and Effect
Control and Treatment group
Random Assignment(not completely randombut from different areas)
Quasi- specific age- ages 6-8
1. show group an aggressive video
Running head: Family in Transition: Sociological Analysis Essay
Family in Transition: Sociological Analysis Essay
Sociology Analysis Essay
Work/family conflict is a form of interrole conflict in which the demands of work and family
roles are inco
Earl, Jennifer, Soule, Sarah A., & McCarthy, John D. (2003). Protest Under Fire?
Explaining the Policing of Protest. American Sociological Review 68: 581-606.
Data and Methods:
This studys primary data source
Smith, Jackie, McCarthy, John D., McPhail, Clark, & Augustyn, Boguslaw. (2001).
From Protest to Agenda Building: Description Bias in Media Coverage of Protest Events
in Washington, D.C. Social Forces 79, 1397
Andrews, Kenneth. (2002). Movement-Countermovement Dynamics and the Emergence
of New Institutions: The Case of White Flight Schools in Mississippi. Social Forces
This article wante
McAdam, Doug & Su, Yang. (2002). The War at Home: Antiwar Protests and
Congressional Voting, 1965 to 1973. American Sociological Review 67, 696-721.
This article wants to assess the relationship
Amenta, Edwin, Caren, Neal, & Olasky, Sheera Joy. (2005). Age for Leisure? Political
Mediation and the Impact of the Pension Movement on U.S. Old-Age Policy. American
Sociological Review 70, 516-538.