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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 2700
Professor
Scott Brandon
Semester
Winter

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Feb 272012 Contemporary Classicism1 Contemporary ClassicismUmbrella for several theoriesMotivation and choice in crime as predicting crimefree will2 Classical Thought early influencesCesare Beccariaforethought to crime rationality and accountabilityJeremy Benthampeople weigh consequences and benefits of crimeUtilitarian philosophygreatest good for greatest number3 Core ideasPeople are rational calculatorsWe all have free willPeople choose behavioursPeople also fear punishmentalter their behaviour so they can outsmart policeMethods of crime prevention4 Deterrence TheoryDraws on classical ideasImportance of rationalityPunishment can deter crime o How to reduce or stop crimeGeneral vs specific deterrence o General symbolicsends message to the public as a warning signdont
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