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study on suicide

coroners court

subcultural crime and deviance

Marxists view of the relationship between crime and social class

Labelling theory explanaing crime and deviance

Relationships between age and patterns of crime

Ethnic differences both in offending and in victimisation

Explanations of gender differences in patterns of offending victimisation and punishment

sociological explanations of social class differences in crime rates


Crime and mass media

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All Sociology Unit 4 Past papers

1. Assess the usefulness of quantitative and qualitative sources of data in studying suicide
Macro data (statistics)
Can generalise to a wider population
Easier to gather
Research Methods: questionnaires, statistics, structured interviews
Problems with quantitative: cant establish meanings, cant gather detailed…

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Labelling, people may be labelled on limited data
Macro data: observation, unstructured interviews
Symbolic interactionism: people react based on interpretation and symbols
Goffman: dramatic analogy.
Social action sees social order as a social construction created by society
Rejects the idea that sociology is objective it is very subjective.

5. Assess…

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Lemert primary and secondary deviance
Deviance amplifications trying to restrict data causes data to increase
Key words: stimigatized, master status, deviant career, self fulfilling prophecy
Problem with the labelling theory is that it argues that once a person is labelled they will
behave the same way.
Social control agencies decide…

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Black people make up 2.8% of the population but 11% of prison population
Blacks are seven times more likely to be arrested and four times more likely to be
stopped and searched
Ethnic groups are more likely to be stopped and searched by the police. This may
be due to…

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Key words: white collar crime, corporate crime, subcultural, self report studies, selective law
enforcement, social constructions, opportunity structures, relative deprivation, marginalization,

Crime goes beyond the limits of laws. Studies of corporate crime are difficult due
to mainly due to access but it is important in the field of sociology as…

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Key words: Moral panics, social construction, news values, globalisation

The media is not just exist it is a socially manufactured product, according to Cohen. The
media portrays criminals and victims of crime as older and more middle class.
Richard Felson calls this `age fallacy' The media gives the impression that…


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