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Lecture 9

Lecture 9

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University of Toronto St. George

Lecture 9: crime and punishment - We spent a lot of time talking about inequalities one of the points is that inequalities work the same kinds of ways for different kinds gender, race, class, age etc same methods of imposing inequalities and the same strategies used by subordinates to resist - Inequality has huge costs for society health impacts are very important consequence of inequality illness and death are shaped by their position in the class structure - Crime is inescapable and its made inevitably worse by inequality second order thing is that the more crime you have, the more punishment youll have, which means more crime .. .reciprocal relationship - There is a drama in every society around crime and punishment that reflects the problem of inequality - When societies punish people, they make a decision society punishes in different ways capital punishment some countries enforce it a lot while some dont do it at all china highest, Canada none( abolished) human development index countries that rank high dont use capital punishment ... US is locked in a drama in crime and punishments that is a consequence of its history in racial and class inequalities - Capital punishment is a very primitive form of punishment - Crime is committed by people who are in situations different from us .. not by people who think different its a logical extension of normal situation of life Quotes: - Marcus aurelius poverty is the mother of crime - Aristotle poverty is the parent of revolution and crime 3 most consequences of inequality: sickness, crime and war and destruction - crime is a logical extension of sort of behaviour that is often considered perfectly acceptable in corporate business white collar crimes - all punishment is mischief, in itself evil. we are lead to believe punishment is carried out by moral guardians of society - capital punishment is as wrong a punishment for crime as charity is for poverty - Inequality influences crime and punishment the more unequal a society, the more often the crime, and more extreme the punishment it also reflects a more severe mindset on how you regulate peoples behaviour - Repressive justice vs restitutive justice
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