Crime Theory

  1. Your instructor defines criminology as the effort to explain the relationships
    among crime, law, and criminalization. Define each of these terms, showing that
    you understand the differences among legal, polemical (behavioral), and
    empirical (labeling) conceptions of the nature and sources of criminality.
  2. If crime is a socially constructed phenomenon, then biological and psychological
    factors are irrelevant to the study of crime and criminals. Agree or disagree?
  3. Which one or more of the major theoretical orientations (structural, values
    differences, labeling and power) do you find most useful in explaining why you
    are in school instead of jail or prison?

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