Crime and Deviance
This book is called Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior by Frank E. Hagan. This book was published by SAGE Publications, Inc 2011. This book is geared towards the student who wants to study criminology.
For further study and activities on this book, you can reference here. There are 15 chapters in this book that we will explore the different type of crimes that are common in a society. The excitement in this journey will be the connection applied to implore theory, method and criminal behavior! I hope you follow along.
This book is intended for the introductory criminology class typically offered in the sophomore or junior year.
The author of this book thanked his late criminology professor and publishing company. He also thanked everyone that has helped him create multiple editions of this book and dedicated this book to his granddaughter.
Crime and Deviance
Abnormal behavior, dangerous, bizarre behavior etc… is considered deviant behavior. Deviant behavior is outside of normal societal toleration when it comes to the law. There are many subcultures that exist that support deviant behavior.
Who defines deviance? It can change over time, place or simply the people you are around. Laws are made by law makers and government.
Societies protect their values by setting standards for what it and what is not acceptable. They are constantly evolving for the growth of a culture.
In society we have norms. Norms are unwritten modes of action in society. Some norms are based on tradition, customs and culture just to name a few. Some norms are based on our moral judgment. Some norms are based on the laws that drive our lives.
Deviance violate group expectation and crime is an act that violates the law.
We as a people/government decides what is a crime and what is not a crime. Acts that are bad because they have been prohibited are mala prohibita. Acts that are bad in themselves are mala in se.
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Hagan, Frank E.
Introduction to criminology: Theories, methods, and criminal behavior/Frank E. Hagan. –7th ed.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-4129-7971-9 (pbk.)
1. Criminology. 2. Criminology –United States. I. Title.
HV6025. H26 2011