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Woodsworth College Courses
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Scot Wortley

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Week SIX
Economics social strain and crime
Is there a relationship between social class and criminal behaviour?
-Depend on the source of data (official crime data vs. Survey data) and the type of
crime (violent crime vs. Whit collar crime)
-Many of the people who are arrested by the police tend to be from lower class
-Homicide that take place within the city of Toronto take place in the poor places
-Talk about types of crime and social class
-Drug use and drug possession, most people arrested with possession were poor, but
survey research shows that a higher proportion of well off people use more drugs
then poor people.
-Poor people are a higher level of surveillance* maybe that why they tend to be
caught and arrest more then well off people.
-In general there is a strong relationship between social class and crime
Immediate and lagged effects:
-Illegal drug use and unemployment immediate effects is a higher drug use (deals
with stress of loosing there job) lagged effect is the substance abuse will decline
(have to worry about using money for other more essential things)
Ecological fallacy:
-We look at crime in accordance with the neighbourhoods
-People are not from the area where they commit the crime. People involved dont
necessarily reflect the population
Interpreting the class-crime connection
-Is the relationship between crime and social class a question of motivation or
opportunity? (why don't people don't engage in more white collar crime they don't
have the opportunity)
-Direct effects (frustration, material need... when you poor you don't have enough
means to get what you want and you engage in crime
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Week SIX Economics social strain and crime Is there a relationship between social class and criminal behaviour? - Depend on the source of data (official crime data vs. Survey data) and the type of crime (violent crime vs. Whit collar crime) - Many of the people who are arrested by the police tend to be from lower class - Homicide that take place within the city of Toronto take place in the poor places - Talk about types of crime and social class - Drug use and drug possession, most people arrested with possession were poor, but survey research shows that a higher proportion of well off people use more drugs then poor people. - Poor people are a higher level of surveillance* maybe that why they tend to be caught and arrest more then well off people. - In general there is a strong relationship between social class and crime Immediate and lagged eff
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