CRM 202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Victimology, Victim Blaming, Prison For Women

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Class 2 - the social context of victimhood. Arbour video events at the prison for women 1994: cultural and media images of victimization, conceptual frameworks in victimology, social inequality and victimization: the case of gender, defining the victim . There are many influences on our notions of victimhoodorganizational constraints on media reporting influence our conceptions of the victim. At the same time, these images are deeply embedded in the broader moral, legal, social, and cultural influences of gender, class, and race. Men are seen as inevitably violent, but are not targeted for crime prevention [media has not portrayed men as victims] Put undue emphasis on certain types of victimization, in particular violence committed by men against strangers in public places (stanko) Isolates acts of violence from the way that they are interwoven into the lives of both men and women. [not the most common forms of crime; we mistake how men and women experience violence]

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