Category Archive for: Deviance And Crime

Gender and Crime

Gender and Crime In 2007, almost 76 percent of all persons arrested were male. Males made up about 82 percent of persons arrested for violent crime and 66.6 percent of persons arrested for property crime (FBI, 2008). Before considering differences in crime’ rates by males and females, three similarities should be noted. First, the three most common arrest categories for both…

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Age and Crime

Age and Crime Of all factors associated with crime, the age of the offender is one of the most significant. Arrest rates for violent crime and property crime are highest for people between the ages of 13 and 25, with the peak being between ages 16 and 7. In 2007, persons under age 25 accounted for more than 44 percent of…

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Other Crime Categories

Other Crime Categories The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) i the major source of information on crimes reported”, the United States. The UCR has been compiled since 1930 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation based on information filed by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. When we read that the rate of certain types of crimes has increased or decreased when compared…

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Crime Classifications and Statistics

Crime Classifications and Statistics Crimean the United States can be divided into different categories. W~ will look first at the legal classification lions of crime and then at categories typically used by sociologists and criminologists.

Deviance And Crime

Deviance And Crime  SOciOlogists and criminologists typically define a gllllg as a group of people. usually young. who band together for purposes generally considered to be deviant or criminal by the larger society, Throughout the past century. gang behavior has been of special interest to sociologists (see Puffer. 1912). who generally agree that youth gangs can be found in many…

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What Is Deviance?

What Is Deviance? Deviance is any behavior, belief, or condition that violates Significant social norms in the society or group in which it occurs. We are most familiar with behavioral deviance. based on a person’s intentional or inadvertent actions. For example. a person may engage in intentional deviance by drinking too much or robbing a bank. or in inadvertent deviance by losing…

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Who Defines Deviance?

Who Defines Deviance? Are some behaviors. beliefs. and conditions inherently deviant? In commonsense thinking, deviance is often viewed as inherent in certain kinds or behavior or people. For sociologists, however, deviance is a formal properly of social situations and social structure. As the sociologist Kai T. Erikson (1964: 11) explains, Deviance is not a property inherent in certain forms of behavior; it…

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What Is Social Control?

What Is Social Control? Societies not  have norms and laws that govern acceptable behavior; they also have various mechanisms to control people’s behavior. Social control refers to the systematic practices that social groups develop in order to encourage. conformity to norms, rules,  and laws and to discourage deviance. Social control mechanisms may be either internal or external Internal social control takes…

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Functionalist Perspectives Deviance

Functionalist Perspectives Deviance As we have seen in previous chapters, functionalists focus on societal stability and the ways in which various parts of society contribute to the whole. According to functionalists. a certain amount of deviance contributes to the smooth functioning of society.

What Causes Deviance, and Why Is It Functional for Society?

What Causes Deviance, and Why Is It Functional for Society? Sociologist Emile Durkheim believed that deviance is rooted in societal factors such as,rapid social change and lack of social integration among people. As you will recall, Durkheim attributed the social upheaval he saw at the end of the nineteenth century to the shift from mechanical to organic solidarity, which was brought about…

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