Measuring Crime - Statistics

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Sociologists view the presented data with differing degrees of cynicism depending on their stance.

LIKE

POSITIVISTS

See such statistics as being reliable as they come from a scientific approach. Collected from police and court statistics and from the annual BCS survery.

RIGHT REALISTS

Believe the statistics as they are a proof of many things they believe in - that society is becoming more immoral and that without firm governmnet and more overt policing, society with over run with criminal gangs - the figures serve a purpose.

BORDER LINE

INTERPRETIVISTS

See statistics as being less valid as with all statistics, they are open to interpretation. They also generally prefer qualitative methodology.

FEMINISTS

Believe that the compilation of statistics is usually done by men and as such are part of a patriachal society that seeks…

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