SOC305 Myths and Misconceptions about Crime

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ental representations that are etched in people’s minds regarding the members of a group or type of people. Crime can be defined as an act that is harmful to an individual, community or state and punishable by law. While most criminals tend to possess certain identifiable traits, there are some cri

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Myths and Misconceptions about CrimeName: Janice Ketchum SOC305: Crime & Society Instructor: NadineAcevedo Date: June 16, 2014AbstractPossible descriptions of criminals in society Over time, society has come to adopt certain stereotypes about crime and criminals in general. These are mental representations that are etched in people's minds regarding the members of a group or type of people. Crime can be defined as an act that is harmful to an individual, community or state and punishable by law. While most criminals tend to possess certain identifiable traits, there are some criminal offenses that may not be open to these individuals. Possible descriptions provided by say a hundred people on what constitutes or what a criminal is pay homage to this. They also show the general information on concepts that people associate with crime. It is without doubt that criminals are viewed negatively in society and the traits, personalities and social characters they are attributed to are also largely negative. Criminals are thought to be unfriendly, hostile and violent. Some people are likely to tell you that their definition of a criminal is someone with a lot of scary scars, tattoos and marks on their faces reminiscent of past c

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