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Lecture 6

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC219H5
Professor
Jennifer Carlson
Semester
Winter

Description
Lecture 6: Blurred Lines 2014­04­05 Question for BB: In Donald Blacks article on Crime as Social Control raises a question of whether humans  are capable of controlling crime on their own with the concept of self­help rather than law itself. He brings  forth the point that people take the law into their hands when they are engaging in illegal activities such as  illegal loan operations. Also, he mentions that law is readily available to those who are socially inferior, but  not to those against. Does the law represent societal views equally? Are formal social controls creating  crime rather than preventing it?   Key Themes: • Gendered crimes, gendered criminals, gendered victims  • Gendered processing (how citizens interact with criminal justice system) • Gendered organizational cultures (how criminal justice system is organized & executed)  • Blurred lines between crime & justice Blurred Lines between Crime & Justice  Black’s “crime as social control” thesis: • • Crime is a means of exacting justice (or revenge) when legal means are otherwise unavailable. • When legal means are unavailable and the law is used to get revenge.  • Examples: Homicide, Property, Destruction, Property Confiscation, and Gang Rape.  • Features: • Lack of Remorse o This is about justice, people commit acts because they think is the right thing to do  (Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, he claims he acted in self­ defense) • Motivated by Collective Liability  • Reversal of Victim/Perpetrator • Not easily deterred Often reduced sentences • • How often does this square with victimization thesis? Who can claim “self help”? • Women fit into the ideal victim position, but by defending themselves, they lose their status as
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