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Jennifer Carlson

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SOC219- LECTURE 2 January 16, 2014 What is a crime? what is the contemporary landscape of crime? why do we fear crime in the way that we do? what is 'collective consciousness'? what is Durkheim's main argument? how does 'collective conscoiuness' apply to a multiculutral society like canada? REVIEW gender as representation- gendered images of men and women in media way of imagining how men/women should be- i.e. norms gender as practice- what people do as a way of achieving gender gender as institutional logic gender as intersectional- class, sexuality, ethnicity, race What is a crime? Durkheim and David Chen Durkheim- crime is functional in society what crime does to bring people together social solidarity: the social cohesion that binds people together into an interdependent unit collective consciousness: set of shared beliefs and norms that provide the foundation for social solidarity crime: those acts that achieve universal, and shocking, disapproval among members of society and which compel punishment citizen's arrest and selfdefense act of 2012- use of force authorized but there are limits- reasonable use of force given circumstances of case Contemporary Landscape of Crime crimes against persons crimes against property victimless crimes crimes against morality white collar crime/ organized crime The Contemporary Landscrape of Crime is violent crime on the rise? according to most canadians, yes youth crime is a problem sentences are too lenient respect for the law is decreasing who is most likely to feel this way? conservatives and canadians with lower SES Crimes rates over time police arrest data- not every incident is recorded (i.e. if an arrest is not made, the incident doesnt exist in the data) police discretion dark fi
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