CRI385H1 Lecture 1: Representing Crime and Authority Lecture 1

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Representing crime and authority lecture 1: all sorts of representation of crime- films, ways criminal institutions represent themselves, focus on violent crime idea of individual pathology has an abnormality. Against this idea is gangs, who engage in crimes: against idea that criminals are different from other individuals. Idea of master criminal criminal genius that applies his or her mind to crime. Idea that modern forensic science makes convictions easy through means such as dna samples. Idea that there is a problem of police corruption, in fictional media good cop vs bad cop. It makes people panic about crime, and effects politics and policy. Too many debates about crime are the result of media sensationalization. Don"t make assumption that images are all pushing in one direction. We should distrust our emotions and appraise the facts to come to sound decisions: the enlightenment, the application of scientific process that this can be applied to human affairs.

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