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CRIME AND EVERYDAY LIFE - Reading Summaries .docx

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Sociology
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Sociology 2266A/B
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Paul- Philippe Pare

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Crime and Everyday Life Summaries Chapter 1Nine Fallacies About Crime 1 The Dramatic Fallacy States that the most publicized offenses are far more dramatic than those commonly found in real lifeThe media get carried away they find a horror story and then entertain the public with it 2 The CopsAndCourts FallacyWarns us against overrating the power of criminal justice agencies Police work consists of hour upon hour or boredom interrupted by moments of sheer terror3 The NotMe Fallacy The illusion that we could never commit a crimeDenies every illegal act we ever committed or contemplatedAlso provides that special talent for breaking the law while maintaining that you are not a crookalthough criminals may be slightly different they are not as special as people may think4 The Innocent Youth FallacyThe belief that being young means being innocent How can youths be so innocent when their relative level of crime participation is so high 5 The Ingenuity Fallacy Also brought about by mediaTo be good foils for the hero criminals must be almost as crafty and tough States that our ideas about sly and skilled criminals are usually wrong6 The Organized Crime FallacyTendency to attribute much greater organization to crime conspiracies than they usually have The populations depiction of gangs is not usually correctgang is overused individuals have jobs go to school and are friendly and most spend more time hanging out than committing crime 7 The Agenda FallacyRefers to the fact that many people have an agenda and hope you will assist themTheir promise which is usually bogus is that their agenda will greatly reduce crime in society If there is something you oppose link it to crime if there is something you favor link it to crime prevention8 The Vague Boundary FallacyRefers to the tendency to make criminology too subjectiveAllows students and instructors to wriggle out of responsibility and keeps crime science from developingCrime is an identifiable behavior that an appreciable number of governments has specifically prohibited and formally punished
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