crime and deviance Essay examples

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SCLY4 Crime and Deviance with Theories & Methods Past Papers

Use the following past papers to practise your exam writing techniques and aid your revision.
Make sure you look at the mark scheme for each question to assess your answer.
Also check the ‘model answers’ from students to see where good AO1 and AO2 marks were scored.
Crime and Deviance

Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.

The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.

Crime control, prevention
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These answers will deal with two or more subcultural theories. Concepts and issues such as the following may appear: status frustration, illegitimate opportunity structure, delinquency and drift, subterranean values, anomie, cultural deprivation, alternative status hierarchy, criminal subcultures, conflict subcultures, retreatist subcultures, differential association, focal concerns, resistance through ritual, bricolage, style. Evaluation may be developed, for example, by locating the discussion within a debate between perspectives, or considering relevant methodological issues. Sources may include: A. Cohen; Cloward and Ohlin; Miller; Matza; Downes; P. Cohen; Hall; Hebdige; McRobbie and Garber; Sewell; Mac an Ghaill; Sutherland.

Assess the strengths and limitations of using written questionnaires as a means of investigating prisoners’ experience of imprisonment. (15 marks)

This question requires you to apply your knowledge and understanding of sociological research methods to the study of this particular issue in crime and deviance.

Candidates will examine a range of relevant strengths and limitations of written questionnaires, explicitly interpreted and applied to research issues and characteristics relating to the particular issue of prisoners’ experience of imprisonment. These may include some of the following, and/or other relevant concerns, though answers do not need to include all of these, even for full marks:

The research characteristics of

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