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Lecture 1

ANTHRO 169 Lecture 1: ANTHRO. 169_ WEEK 1 - MONDAY LECTUREPremium

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Jeffrey Brantingham

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The Dramatic Fallacy:
- Entertain - Make money - horror story - mythical status - public perception of crime is
driven by the cycle of crime depicted by Hollywood movies.
The Cops and Courts Fallacy
- Public expectation that cops should always be there to save people.
- LA by the numbers: by looking at the numbers of officers in a city and how many car
thefts there are can help us determine how likely a police officer is to help, which is often
This notion above is generated by the Dramatic Fallacy bc we think that the police
has to be there immediately to solve a crime.
Criminal Justice Funnel
- How effective can the court really be to send people to prison when statistics show that
there is almost a 0% chance that people will get actually caught?!
- Another fallacy is that police officers look a certain way; they are romanticized by
hollywood movies.
- There are biases in the way that people interact and look at one another.
The Not-From-Here Fallacy
- A person’s judgement of someone’s criminality are in fact NOT most likely to victimize
- A person who looks exactly like ourselves is actually most likely to victimize us because
they can get away with it.
83% of white victims were killed by white victimizers.
91% of black people are most likely to be victimized by black victimizers.
We don’t do a good job in judging our own victimality (example of starbucks;
receiving more money than owed from the cashier; should we give back the
money or take it?)
How do our own actions fall on the spectrum of victimizing, this is the this is
also an example of the Not-Me-Fallacy.
We often do not think that people that look like us can actually victimize us.
The Innocent-of-Youth Fallacy
- The justice system treats children(teens) and adults completely different.
- There are different rules that apply to different ages.
- Most people committing crimes are youth.
- Youth are part of the problem of crime.
The Ingenuity Fallacy
- “The success of the crime requires people to have perfect executive plans and skills to
succeed in the crime”, (Brantingham)this is what we see in movies, they fantasize that
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