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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 1650
Professor
James Williams
Semester
Fall

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Slide 5 1. In the last 50 years, 20-40% of primetime t.v shows have involved law enforcement 2. A) emphasis on victim, extreme form of violence to draw the audience into the story b) investigation, pick out the pieces of the puzzle, understand exactly what happened c) Identification created with the victim – sympathy more for the victim than the offender. Much less discussion of the offender, if discussed, matter of motive (financial/psychological) d) neater resolution because it is fictionalized, can be tied more neatly 3. A) cities begin dangerous places where victimization happens within somewhat regular occurrence. violence is a aspect of modern urban life b) “stranger danger” - deranged stranger, extreme brutality (torture/murder) c) blurring out the role of police detective/forensic specialist/profiler. They would be divided up into 2 different roles, police detectives would have little connection with forensic specialists, intentional strong disconnect between these two but in the show, it is the forensic experts who do the investigative work. Police is added in a way of authority and legitimacy. Seen not as just investigators but also possession forensic expertise. This is consequential because it further alleviates our view of police work more generally 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpRJYY1bPDA • extreme violence, ties to psychological motives, random violence, police as crime experts • promotes idea that you can obtain specific understanding of the personality of the criminal just by looking at the crime scene & assert their motivations & psychic structures • very distinct portrayal of police: applies more ot detectives than the police themselves • always a moral message and always catches the offender • Term “unsub” – us vs. them, stranger. This term represents a distinct type of personal and individual Slide 6 1. These cultural forms are unified by this. By this, it means a dominant account or story of crime, that is reproduced across cultural forms, and exerts a powerful influence on people’s influence on people’s understanding of criminal behaviours. It represents a unified cultural theme that links news, reality t.v, and crime drama which dominates public thinking about these issues while contributing to a misleading understanding of crime and criminality. 2. A) its common within our society b) random violence c) an impression created by these cultural forms and narratives that random violence is getting worse. It is linked to larger changes within our society which is making us more vulnerable. There is this larger undercurrent of anxiety, stress, and strain that is associated with urban life. Joe Best’s READINGS: the random nature of violence suggests that it is pattern less and pointless, senseless. e) in the context of moral panics and crime waves. People’s opinions often have ideas from the victims that are portrayed as innocent and these in turn provide strong, powerful narrative that clearly communicates the problems of random violence. These victims are often young, white, female, well-adjusted person who everyone likes, etc. this suggests a very compelling sympathetic victim. 3. A) given emphasis on the senseless and pattern less nature of crime, crime is patterned, certain individuals will have be more likely to be victimized such as whether they are employed, there living area, daily activities, etc. Certain areas of the city will have higher rates of offending than
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