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Using experiments to study crime and deviance

Application to crime and deviance
Field experiments are used to study aspects of crime and deviance examples of this would be crime reduction strategies. several researchers have also used labatory experiments to investigate more general issues such as violence and obedience for authority i.e. Milgram

You will never be able to replicate crime settings conducting an experiment. However, comparing area or groups with similar features allows experiments to be repeated.

Ethical problems
Laboratory experiments are rareky used in crime and deviance research for reasons such as:

                  • criminal and deviant acts
                  • violence
                  • inter-personal relationships
                  • becoming a victim
                  • crime is a highly politicised issue

Limited application
experiments are small…


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