CRIM 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Edwin Sutherland, Thomas Theorem, Anomie

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
School
Simon Fraser University
Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 101
Crim 101, week 5 tutorial
The Thomas theorem
“if people define situations as real, they are real in their consequences”
Developed by WI Thomas, an early member of the Chicago school
Used by Robert K Merton ( the same Merton who wrote on social structure and anomie)
in his work on the “self-fulfilling prophecy”
Merton was not a member of the Chicago school but was heavily influenced by the work
of Edwin Sutherland by symbolic interactionism
The looking-glass self
By Charles Kooley (symbolic interactionist, and member of Chicago school)
We see ourselves as others see us
Others conceptions reflected back at us through words, actions, symbols (labels)
If others see us in a negative light, then we come to see ourselves in a negative light
Threat/control-override
Person with bipolar or psychotic symptoms perceives threat as real
Defines situation as dangerous, even though it might not to others
Overrides internal controls against violent response
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If people define situations as real, they are real in their consequences . Developed by wi thomas, an early member of the chicago school. Used by robert k merton ( the same merton who wrote on social structure and anomie) in his work on the self-fulfilling prophecy . Merton was not a member of the chicago school but was heavily influenced by the work of edwin sutherland by symbolic interactionism. By charles kooley (symbolic interactionist, and member of chicago school) We see ourselves as others see us. Others conceptions reflected back at us through words, actions, symbols (labels) If others see us in a negative light, then we come to see ourselves in a negative light. Person with bipolar or psychotic symptoms perceives threat as real. Defines situation as dangerous, even though it might not to others.

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