Measuring crime & deviance: official stastics

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1. The OCS may not be useful - what are exmples of this?

  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution more reported -depend on police arrests -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of property crime as more materialistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
  • General public more intolerant of violent crime as more individualistic -report theft more, juvenile crimes - deviancy amplification spiral, victimless crimes like soft drug use/prositution less reported -depend on police detection -varies by area
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2. When & where do we get official stastics from?

  • Records kept by the police - published every 12 months
  • Records kept by the police - published every 6 months
  • Records kept by the courts - published every 6 months

3. What else do the CSEW show?

  • Volume of crime should be higher, females & w/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime statistics
  • Volume of crime should be higher, females & m/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime stastics
  • Volume of crime should be lower, females & m/c males just as likely to commit as those included in crime stastics

4. What factors show the role of the police in the recording of crimes?

  • Seriousness of crime, social status of victim not high enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -not friends
  • Seriousness of crime, social status of victim not high enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -comradeship
  • Seriousness of crime, social status of criminal not low enough, Classifying crimes by officers affects seriousness, Discreation only 10% offenses uncovered chance of arrest based on demeanour polite/rude, Promotions & realtionships -comradeship

5. How do Marxism evaluate the OCS?

  • Capitalist state/those with power to collect & construct stastics manipulate public opinion, serves interests of ruling class, Ideological function criminalise girls, w/c, black people, divides w/c as conformists distracted away from class inequalit
  • Capitalist state/those with power to collect & construct stastics manipulate public opinion, serves interests of ruling class, Ideological function criminalise youth, w/c, black people, divides w/c as conformists distracted away from class inequalit
  • Capitalist state/those with power to collect & construct stastics manipulate public opinion, serves interests of ruling class, Ideological function criminalise youth, w/c, black people, divides w/c as conformists distracted away from gende inequalit

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