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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 2650
Professor
Anita Lam
Semester
Winter

Description
Redefining criminology Lecture Overview 1. Brief recap 2. Defining and re-defining criminology Brief Recap  Criminology: academic and popular criminology—popular crim: popular image and sortie about crime found in mainstream pop culture. We need to take pop culture seriously—we shouldn’t dismiss it because it has an enormous effect on what people know about crime. Television and film privilege a standpoint of their technical consultant (police officers) and of knowledge—experiential and narrative knowledge, rather than scientific knowledge. There are cops in all crime dramas and tv shows. Some technical consultants know when to back off and let writers do what they do—use their artistic. Allowing inaccurate representations of policing • The bad guys think that every phone is tapped. That’s the hardest thing in the world to get. That’s a good thing for us. The bad guys think that we have these flare things that the main characters use. That’s a god thing. And if the bad guys think we have technological advancements.. Then good. Criminological aesthetics  Criminological aesthetics examines how popular criminology constructs its images of crime—the format of the image is just as important as the context.  Intertextual analysis  Symptomatic analysis— --Americans referenced the two towers to the 9/11 bombing. Binary logic of representation Light vs. Darkness Good vs evil Pop culture can intersect with politics— how does this happen? Bc pop culture products like films can make intangible concepts visible for mass audiences. Evil is intangible but it is visible through evil faces in movies. These films help classify “us” vs “them” and this has the effect of facilitating the states security practices. In the lord of the rings, there are the forces of light and forces of darkness— for ex. The forces of evil include the orx who are the foot soldiers and they are ugly. They have black blood. Forces of good—white wizard. hes wearing a white robe, with white hair. These create racist images. And it shows who ideal victims are and it impacts the hierarchy of victimization bc our ability to imagine victims will intersect with our ability to identify with them The hunger games—imagining victims • Rue was described as a twelve year old girl from district 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes. • Ideal victims are victims that are people that we can love and identify with but Rue was not who people were expecting. • Audiences can only withhold sympathy towards specific victims • This is due to good vs evil in movies • This impacts who we consider deserving victims and morally good Course description (in syllabus)  What is crime? Who is a criminal? What is assumed to be criminogenic (the individual, society or culture)? What should be the goals of criminal justice? More importantly, what is criminology and what should it be doing? These are questions that every criminologist should be able to answer, but not every criminologist will answer these questions in the same way. Criminologists vary in their allegiance to particular theoretical perspectives on crime, criminality and criminal justice. This course is designed to introduce students to these competing and complementary the
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