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Morality and Crime

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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1650
Professor
James Williams
Semester
Winter

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Tuesday January 22 2013 Morality and Crime Objectives 1) Exploring ”crime on the margins” 2) Examining the links between morality and crime 3) Criminalizing drug use: objective harm versus social construction “Crime on the Margins” 1) Focus on the boundaries or margins between crime and deviance  Moves to behaviours that are more deviant than criminal  What is criminal and what is deviant? 2) Examination of two related process: a) Amplification of Deviance  The process through which a deviant aspect of a behaviour or activity are exaggerated or amplified with the result that this behaviour or a activity is redefined as a crime b) Normalization of deviance  The process through which a deviant aspect of a behaviour or activity are downplayed or minimized with the result that this behaviour or a activity is redefined as a crime 3) Objectivist: the status of a behaviour or a practise as a social problem is based on their objective opinions/ characteristics that is objective and measurable form Constructionist: status of behaviours or practices of social problems is a result of social constructions. Problems due to their perceived 4) Links between the process of social construction and the wider social, political and economic context in which this process takes place 5) The legal boundaries between crime and deviance reflect prevailing forms of power, conflict and social inequality Morality and Crime 1) Morality as a foundation for criminal law Tuesday January 22 2013  Used to justify a whole variety of crime/ offences! Whose morality are we talking about? 2) Victimless crimes and the ambiguity
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