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January 16, 2009 / C H Thompson

Competing perspectives of crime

As with all the sociology you’ve studied so far there have been different perspectives of education, the family, media and power. Similarly there are different perspectives of crime and deviance. The only difference with the crime and deviance module is there’s a lot more perspectives to learn. On top of this you have to learn and understand the philosophy which supports each perspective. This is known as social theory.

The good thing is you’ve been learning all these different social theories all the way through your studies. The only difference is you have to make a more conscious use of these different social theories when explaining the reasons people commit any crime or deviance! The reason is they are the second synoptic link you need to consider.

Below is a list of all the different perspectives you have to learn. When you click on each perspective you are taken to a page which explains the perspective as well as the ‘ideas’ (social theory) which ‘supports’ that perspective.

It’s worth mentioning here that the order the different perspectives are presented below is chronological and it’s easier if you remember them in this order!!

  1. Post-Modern

As you will have learnt in sociology there are several strengths and weaknesses for every argument. The following student presentations take the strengths of each argument to find the weaknesses in another!

Class 13A – presentation  22/4/2011

Class 13B – presentation 22/4/2011

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