Week 08, Introduction to Criminology

Assignments for Week 8:

1. Read Chapter 7, “Social Process Theories: Socialization and Society,” in your textbook. We will have Quiz #7 on this chapter and on last week’s lecture.  

2.  Lecture: "Critical Criminology and Restorative Justice"

3. Critical Thinking Questions for Group Discussion: 

a. Do negative labels cause crime? Or do people who commit crime become negatively labeled? That is, are labels a cause of crime or a result?

b. Once weakened, can a persons bonds to society become reattached? What social processes might help reattachment?

c. Can you devise a test of Sutherlands differential association theory? How would you go about measuring an excess of definitions favorable toward criminality?

d. Can you think of ways you may have supported your peers or siblings antisocial behavior by helping them learn criminal techniques or attitudes?

e. Do you recall neutralizing any guilt you might have felt for committing a criminal or illegal act? Did your neutralizations come before or after you committed the act in question?

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