A Sociology of Crime by Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin

By Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin

Designed as a substitute to standard texts on criminology, "A Sociology of Crime" departs from the conventional situation with legal behaviour and its reasons to stress the socially developed nature of crime. Taking a point of view from radical sociology, Stephen Hester and Peter Elgin argue that crime is a made from social approaches which establish convinced acts and individuals as felony. of their exploration of this topic, Hester and Elgin use 3 best methods in modern sociological idea - ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, and structural clash thought. They practice each one of those tips on how to an in depth learn of the anatomy of crime, whilst reviewing different major criminological views on either side of the Atlantic, together with the feminist one. They specialise in 3 major issues: making crime through making felony legislations; making crime through implementing legal legislation; and making crime through the management of felony justice within the courts. foreign in outlook, "A Sociology of Crime" includes fabric from the united states, Britain and Canada that is heavily associated with the theoretical techniques mentioned. This publication could be of curiosity to undergraduates and postgraduates in criminology and sociology.

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There is evidence which shows that the degree of injury and the extent offatalities are both related to the type of vehicle, with the cheaper and smaller types of vehicles offering the most chance of the more serious consequences. We shall take up the issue of the relationship between criminalization of drug and alcohol laws, amongst others, and certain structural and, in particular, social-class, considerations in the following chapter. ) However, to conclude this secuon, what requires emphasis is not the putative 'functions' of criminalization, but rather the activities through which criminalization occurs.

The prevailing model assumes, in other words, that alcohol rather than culture is the cause of behaviour. However, it is readily apparent that different societies and indeed different groups within the same society consume alcohol and comport themselves very differently under its influence. The logic of the sociological model is that objectionable drinking and 'drunken' behaviour has less to do with the substance ingested than with the cultural context of that ingestion. Alcohol does not necessarily release inhibitions or lead to 'rowdy' and 'reckless' behaviour, but given the right cultural context it may be permitted and expected to do so (MacAndrew and Edgerton 1969).

Sponsoring organizations found the issue offered various incentives. Veterans' organizations, to cite a Canadian example not mentioned by Tierney (1982), saw an opportunity to change or increase their clientele. The professional profile of the movement was attractive to those sponsors - such as the Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire - wanting to support moderate rather than radical feminist programmes. Legal agencies benefited from giving support by gaining the diversion of criminal cases from the courts.

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