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