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By Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin

Designed as a substitute to standard texts on criminology, "A Sociology of Crime" departs from the conventional problem with legal behaviour and its explanations to stress the socially developed nature of crime. Taking a viewpoint from radical sociology, Stephen Hester and Peter Elgin argue that crime is a made from social tactics which determine sure acts and individuals as felony. of their exploration of this subject, Hester and Elgin use 3 major techniques in modern sociological thought - ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, and structural clash thought. They observe every one of those easy methods to an in depth research of the anatomy of crime, even as reviewing different major criminological views on either side of the Atlantic, together with the feminist one. They specialize in 3 major issues: making crime by means of making felony legislation; making crime by way of implementing felony legislation; and making crime through the management of felony justice within the courts. foreign in outlook, "A Sociology of Crime" includes fabric from america, Britain and Canada that's heavily associated with the theoretical ways mentioned. This ebook might be of curiosity to undergraduates and postgraduates in criminology and sociology.

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We shall take up the issue of the relationship between criminalization of drug and alcohol laws, amongst others, and certain structural and, in particular, social-class, considerations in the following chapter. ) However, to conclude this secuon, what requires emphasis is not the putative 'functions' of criminalization, but rather the activities through which criminalization occurs. That certain unintended consequences may nevertheless flow from criminalization is something the social constructionist perspective alerts us to.

Durkheim, for example, took the view 'that society is in essence its moral codes, the rules which govern the relations between its members' (Sharrock 1977: 486, emphasis is in original). Thus, in so far as it is assumed that society is possible only under conditions of human consensus about fundamental values, and that criminal law embodies those values, then only those laws which reflect that Constructing criminal law 29 consensus will become established. Criminal law is thereby explained by its consequences, that is, teleologically.

King was disturbed to find two claims from Chinese opium merchants who had lost their stocks of opium in the riots. He Constructing criminal law 35 reacted by preparing a government report on the 'Need for the Suppression of Opium in Canada' which led to the Opium Act of 1908 which prohibited the import, manufacture and sale of opium for other than medical purposes. ~e results of international conferences on narcotics control, by soliciting testimonials from clergy, police officers and welfare workers and reading them in the House, and by appealing to newspaper articles on the subject of drug use.

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