Crime in America

Generate a chart or table that lists a variety of crime types. Your chart should include at least four types of crimes and should include violent crimes and economic crimes as two of the types. For each type of crime you list, provide a description of the cause of that type of crime. A third column on your chart should list the sociological theory that best fits what you have described as the cause of that type of crime. (See SOC-220 Lecture 3 for discussions of sociological theories about crime.)

Working from the information presented in the chart, write a synopsis (250-500 words) in which you take the next step and propose a social solution for each type of crime you identified in the chart. If, for example, one type of crime is property crime in which someone’s property is taken or destroyed, you might think that the root cause is poverty and that social process theory explains this cause. Then in your synopsis, you would describe an antipoverty program that would minimize poverty in this country and thus reduce this type of crime.

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Social Problems Introduction Social problems are nothing new to cultures of the world. They have existed since the advent of complex, stratified societies shortly after the agricultural or Neolithic revolution. For the most part, the sheer massiveness of the modern system in population numbers and technological complexity has greatly amplified social problems. Where they were small in the past, they are enormous in their proportions today, not only in America, but all around the world. This course will take a look into some of those problems that are facing the contemporary world. Emphasis will be placed upon how these problems arise and are perpetuated by the modern social structure. Some of the issues that will be addressed include crime, drug abuse, sexual variance, poverty, overpopulation, and family relations. Defining Social Problems As American society, and indeed the world, has experienced increasing population densities, massive industrialization, and great amounts of social and economic stratification, the quantity of social problems has become monumental. Social problems must be defined as phenomena that greatly reduce the quality of life for either the individual or a particular group of people. For the most part, social problems are inherent in modern society, and are only likely to get worse as the system grows larger and more competitive. However, sociologists endeavor to both describe and offer solutions for social problems. Also, those suffering from the effects of social problems are inclined to struggle to alleviate the deleterious effects of social problems, and this struggle, when it involves larger numbers of people, may be definable as social movement. The text (Macionis, 2008) defines a social movement as an organized effort made by various groups and aimed toward shaping the way people think about an issue in order to encourage or discourage social change. Social movements consist of four stages: emergence, coalescence,…

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