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CRj 270: Chapter 3-4

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CRj 270: Chapter 3-4 CRJ 270-1001


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These notes summarize chapter 3 and 4 of the textbook, "Criminology" (Author: T.D. Miethe and Publisher: CJ Research).
Introduction to Criminology
Dr. Terance Miethe
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Criminal Justice, criminology, Intro to criminal justice, introduction to criminology, Law
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Date Created: 09/05/16
Valonna Thrower-Love CRJ 270: Chapter 3-4: The Development and Functions of Criminal Law/Crime and the Structure of Society Chapter 3: • The purposes/ functions of the development and passage of criminal laws include: ◦ (1) reinforcing public standards of morality by strictly enforcing particular laws and punishments ◦ (2) protecting society as a whole by incapacitating criminals in jails and prisons, and using the threat of swift, certain, and severe punishment to deter future criminal behavior ◦ (3) creating laws that legitimize the behavior of a few and criminalizing/penalizing behavior that threatens the elite’s interests ◦ (4) maintain and regulate social order and social relations ▪ increases predictability and reduces chaos ◦ (5) provide a forum for state punishment that discourages acts of revenge by individuals/groups ◦ (6) provide a basis for social engineering ▪ social engineering- using the criminal law to eliminate undesirable social problems and to promote constructive social changes. ▪ ex. laws about teen drinking, disorderly conduct, hate crimes, compulsory school attendance, public housing, and equal opportunity/employment Chapter 4: • The correlation between social complexity and crime: ◦ Step 1: Industrialization/ Urbanization/ Modernization/ Population Growth ▪ “evil” social forces associated with increasing societal complexity ◦ Step 2: Breakdown of Bonds/ Density & Competition/ Wealth and Inequality/ Diversity & Heterogeneity ▪ after step 1, you get social disorganization ◦ Step 3: Alienation and Anomie ◦ Step 4: Higher levels of Crime • "Pre-industiral" vs “industrial” society ◦ Pre-industrial society: ▪ relatively small in size and homogeneous population who have a relatively simple way of dividing labor ▪ examples: colonial America, tribal societies of Africa, and the island nations of the South Pacific ▪ social norms are maintained by imposing informal social control ▪ informal social control- when behavior is regulated by non-state authority (i.e. family, friends, and neighbors). ▪ if someone try to commit crime or display deviance then there will be retribution ▪ retribution- e.g. the eye-for-eye doctrine ▪ some display collective responsibility ▪ collective responsibility- a crime is a private wrong against a person but all members of the offending party’s family are responsible for the deviant act ▪ crime is relatively uncommon because: ▪ (1) shared views among all members of the community about what is appropriate behavior ▪ (2) the collective responsibility for crime ▪ (3) the effectiveness of informal social controls that regulate one’s behavior ◦ Industrial society: ▪ population heterogeneity/diversity, a complex division of labor, and the unequal distribution of wealth ▪ definitions of crime are based on the idea of legal norm violations ▪ crime is considered a public harm against the state and an individual responsibility ▪ social order is maintained by imposing formal social control ▪ although informal social control is still used it is not very effective • Increased crime does not have to occur as society changes from a pre-industrial to industrial society


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