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Lecture 15

ANTHRO 169 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Airpods, Self-Control, Social ControlPremium

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Jeffrey Brantingham

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Deviant Theory
- Assumes that everybody is born anti-social.
- People learn to detach from this personality and learn other behaviors through social
Self-Control is acquired(2 branches of the theory)
- Social control: relationship between an individual and society.
- Self control: the ability that people have to resist temptations.
- People attain self-control by the age 8-10.
Policy implications on self-control
- Parenting is incredibly crucial when it comes to self-control
Parents must supervise and deploy some sort of punishment if misbehavior is
This notion is challenging because the state intervenes in parenting in two
different ways: punishment to parents if they punish children but also punishing
parents for failing to properly supervise and correct children.
If it is true that people correct their behavior by the of 8-10, then correction
facilities no longer work.
Correction facilities assume that people will begin to misbehave again if put in
certain circumstances, which is why these facilities still exist to “correct” such
- Where does the victim stand in a crime?
- Victim characteristics: victimization is not random at all; statistics show that
victimization is in fact non-random.
- But this is opposite of what victims think when experiencing crime, they think that these
crimes happen to them randomly but that is not the case.
- How can we tell that a crime is random?
Must look at the different types of people walking around in a certain area
in a place, one option is that the crime happened to someone randomly.
The other option is that the victimizer deliberately chooses the victim
based on specific characteristics that make them a viable target.
There may be characteristics in a victim that can increase their chances of
being victimized(ex: a person wearing airpods, because they are
expensive, that increase their chances of being victimized)
Crime is the interaction between the characteristics of the victim and
This can also be due to unreported bias; who is willing to report crime and
who is not?
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