Notes for Week of 09/01
Notes for Week of 09/01 SOCI 2301
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Date Created: 09/04/15
SOCI 2301 Criminology Week 0901 How do you know if you ve witnessed a crime A known law is broken Bizarre unusual behavior Someone is harmed Based on possible negative reactions of others around you What exactly is a crimehow do we de ne crime Deviance A violation of social norms It is a more general concept than crime It covers quite a range of behaviors from standing too close to a stranger to murdering someone Deviance VS Crime Acts can be both deviant and criminal neither or just one Deviance is based on society 5 reaction to an act such as samesex marriage There was once a time when the majority of the public viewed samesex marriage as a deviant act Examples Attending class with no shoes 2 deviant not criminal Murder 2 criminal and deviant Underage drinking 2 criminal not deviant Self defense 2 neither criminal nor deviant For the midterm be prepared to answer questions regarding where different acts fall on this spectrum Look at a clip of the movie Borat for examples of deviant vs criminal acts Greeting everyone on the subway deviant Washing face with toilet water deviant Relieving himself in public 2 criminal Masturbating in public 2 criminal Different ways to de ne crime 1 Crime can be looked at as breaking written law However many trivial laws are overlooked by law enforcement such as jwalking 2 Crime can be looked at as what is enforced by the law Sometimes unwritten laws are enforced such as getting out of the car when a police officer pulls you over This is not illegal but it goes against normal conduct 3 Crime can be viewed as violating human rights We all have fundamental rights and having these violated is a crime regardless of whether it is illegal Fundamental rights may include access to food water shelter Some activities that are not illegal but are brutal and violate human rights Throwing people o buildings Cutting o body parts 4 Criminal law can be viewed as existing to protect the interests of the elite society Society enforces the laws that benefit the more powerful Blue laws Strikes lt20 students per college class this gives the university a higher ranking 5 Crime can be viewed as a social construction The meaning of any action is negotiated among people This involves communication persuasion skills and power Ray Rice the football player knocking out his fiancee Verbally convincing someone to commit suicide 6 Crime can be viewed as deviant behavior This type of behavior often draws police attention Shouting in public Driving around a neighborhood multiple times Status Offenses Actions that are defined as being legal for some parties but illegal for others such as adults vs children Alcohol consumption Gambling Driving Giving minors alcohol Public nudity What is the purpose of status offenses Often to protect children Status offenses can also apply to race and gender Segregation Right to vote im Crowe Laws Racial slars can have di erent legal meaning depending on race of speaker Going topless in public Samesex marriage sexuality based but similar It is important to note that gender inequality is different from a gender status offense An example of gender inequality would be the male to female wage gap Hate Crimes Hate crimes are defined not just by what you do but what your motivation for doing it is Often due to bias against race religion disability ethnicity or sexuality Unfortunately is it often difficult to determine a persons motivations However it is important to define hate crimes in order to protect people
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