Criminology by Stephen Eugene Brown; Finn-Aage Esbensen; Gilbert Geis

By Stephen Eugene Brown; Finn-Aage Esbensen; Gilbert Geis

This hugely acclaimed criminology textual content provides an up to date evaluate of rational selection theories, together with deterrence, shaming, and regimen actions. It additionally accommodates present examples of deterrence learn concerning family violence, inebriated riding, and capital punishment, and lines thought-provoking dialogue of the relativity of crime. The authors discover the crime challenge, its context, and motives of Read more...


deals a assessment of rational selection theories, together with deterrence, shaming, and regimen actions. This name comprises examples of deterrence learn relating to family violence, under the influence of alcohol driving, Read more...

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This chapter establishes a criminological framework by examining the concept of criminal law and its creation. It will become clear that criminal law, and thus official recognition of “crime” and “criminals,” is entirely relative to time and space. THE CONCEPT OF LAW Law provides the baseline for formal social control. From a consensus ­perspective, law is thought to contribute to fair and orderly functioning within ­complex societies. From a conflict vantage point, law serves to preserve existing power relationships.

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There has been a substantial crack down on drunk driving (see Chapter 5) with harsher p ­ unishments and lowered blood alcohol content levels, the raising of the legal drinking age, and greater restrictions placed on where alcohol can be consumed. These legal changes appear to have influenced social norms as well. The designated driver, for example, is a far more common role now than in years past. Likewise, the college-sanctioned “beer bust” has become a rarity and the f­ aculty member who meets with graduate seminars at off-campus pubs is much more likely to be seen as deviant and to accrue legal liability.

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