Social Theory and Crime Series
Catalogue Number: STV016
Producer: Shortcutstv Ltd
Subject: Criminal Justice & Law, Health and Medicine, Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
Grade Level: Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 20
Closed Captions: Yes
This series is designed to introduce three major sociological theories of crime.
Includes the following 3 segments on 1 DVD:
Strain Theory (5:09) - Merton was one of the first sociologists to look at the relationship between culture and crime. This film provides a clear introduction to Merton’s strain theory, looks at its application to contemporary consumer societies and its continuing influence on modern theories of crime.
Labelling Theory (7:41) - Traditionally criminology focused on criminal action and its control. Labelling theory widened the focus to include the social reaction to crime and its consequences. This film documents the rise and fall of labelling theory and illustrates how aspects of it continue to influence contemporary criminology and criminal justice.
Space, Place & Crime (7:11) - Spatial criminology asks whether it’s possible to reduce crime by changing social spaces. This film begins with Zimbardo’s influential abandoned cars experiment and the development of Wilson and Kelling’s broken windows theory. It looks at the impact of broken windows policy on the reduction of crime in New York in the 1990s and concludes by looking at recent experiments in the Netherlands by Keizer that demonstrate the effect of environmental change on crime.
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