SOC209H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Uniform Crime Reports
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Lecture 3- Representations of Crime
•the study of knowledge
•questioning our knowledge
•what do we know about crime?
•how do we know what we know?
•how do we acquire our knowledge?
oNews, internet, scholarly journals, peers, etc.
•what are its limitations?
Problems with Understanding Crime
•Hidden - people hide their acts of crime so they don't get punished (hard to catch
•Insight - criminals have little insight into the nature of their behaviour
•Cost - difficult and expensive to do studies on crime, time-consuming, and with all that
costs you get partial information
•Scope - some crime can't be studied, beyond the scope of research
•Access - how do you get access to certain groups? (E.g. gang groups)
oways to gain access --> establish a relationship with one of the group members
•Barriers - internal barriers even if you get into the gang/group
•Representation - social worlds are not representative, can't generalize a group for the
Crime Rates - police reported incidents
•crime rate= criminal incidents/total population x 100,000
The Crime Funnel
•actual level of crime= total number of crimes
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