Crime Through The Sociological Perspective: All Over But The Shoutin’

3348 words - 13 pages

Rick Bragg’s All Over but the Shoutin’ is an autobiography that dives right into both the depth of his destitute upbringing as well as his edgy career as a journalist. Having a neglectful father and a struggling single mother, Bragg and his family went through many hardships that can seem both unreal to some and commonplace to others. As he started to pursue his career as a journalist, he was a first hand witness to many atrocities, such as the riots in Miami in 1991. While reading through the text, it is astonishing how many references there are about different theoretical aspects of crime. There is no question that criminal activity proves to be a chronic issue in our society, but where the real question lies is not in how we can rid our society of crime altogether, but the roots it stems from. Throughout the years, many sociologists have developed a number of different theories concerning the origins of crime society, studies on the stratification of the justice system and how the two are both interdependent of one another.
In order to understand the nature of crime through the sociological perspective, one must first understand how they define it. In the most legal sense, crime is defined as only specific behaviors that violate particular laws (Nettler 1). Crime comes in many shapes and forms, and the “sociological perspective” consists of three major theories and is commonly used to address the issues of crime: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction. Functionalists focus on just that: the innate function that crime serves in our society. They generally argue that crime is necessary to maintain structure and by singling criminals out as socially deviant reaffirms what is “good” or “normal.” Conflict theorists on the other hand believe that people who are more disadvantaged are most likely to become criminals and less likely to be able to conceal their actions had they not have been more well-off. They tend to focus more on the inequalities of race, class and gender. Symbolic interaction theorists believe that crime is a behavior that is learned through social interaction, meaning that people can be engaging in criminal activity but does not have a sense of whether or not it’s right or wrong in comparison to the dominant culture’s expectations because their actions has always been positively reinforced within their own sub-culture. Whatever the case, each perspective traces criminal behavior to social conditions rather than the personalities of individuals (Andersen and Taylor 162).
Now that basic understandings of the theories sociologists use to study crime, we can begin to see how they attribute to some of the problems that emerge because of it. In All Over but the Shoutin’, the first incident that catches my attention within the context of crime is John Sparks, the man who frantically shot the couple in the park. He is described as being a “sexually obsessive man, addicted to alcohol, who had failed...

Find Another Essay On Crime through the Sociological Perspective: All Over but the Shoutin’

Sociological Perspective of the Relationship Between Education and the Economy

1590 words - 6 pages Sociological Perspective of the Relationship Between Education and the Economy There seems to be a direct link to what goes on in schools and what takes place at work. The functionalist approach to education and economy is that through socialisation education helps maintain society by introducing young people into values and beliefs such as achievement. They argue that education teaches what is needed within the world

Economic and Sociological Perspective on the Book, Outcasts United

1656 words - 7 pages Outcasts United from Economic and Sociological Perspective Outcasts United by Warren St. John is a wonderful book about a community of refugees who live in Clarkston, Georgia and their struggles to adapt with foreign environment of the United States. The book tells the stories of refugees that come from different background and countries in which they are connected together by an American- educated Jordanian woman called Luma Mufleh. Despite

Over The River And Through The Wood

800 words - 3 pages In "Over the River and through the Wood" by John O'Hara, a widowed man's family is unhappy with him because of his unchaste past. Mr. Winfield is taking the first step to better his relationship with his family by making a trip to his daughter's house for the first time in 15 years. His youthful and immoral past makes it difficult for him to earn respect from his family.When Mr. Winfield is in the car with Sheila and her two friends, he is on

Bias on Television all over the World

859 words - 3 pages or American, but there would be no way of telling where in the world the carrier was, where it was headed, or when the pictures were taken. It is only through languageــــwords spoken over the pictures or reproduced in themــــthat the image of the aircraft carrier takes on specific meaning” (Postman and Powers, 2010, p. 218). In the previous example, people argue that whatever the news station mentions about that aircraft carrier, viewers

The Marxist Crime Perspective on Juvenile Delinquency of African Americans

3121 words - 12 pages Marxist perspective theory falls under Sociological Positivism. Bartollas and Miller (2013) posit that the Marxist perspective sees the government and the legal process as instruments that the elites, or bourgeoisie, use to control the masses. Furthermore, capitalism is the root cause that forces juveniles to commit crime. Consequently, the main reason for conflict relates to wealth. This is because the elites who make up a small portion of the

The Rise of White Collar Crime: A Theoretical Perspective

994 words - 4 pages Rational Choice Theory, white collar crime occurs because the perpetrators perceive that they stand to obtain substantial personal gain and the amount that they stand to benefit from the illegal activity is far more rewarding than what they stand to lose.Secondly, we will look at the Anomie-Strain Theory and the perspective that it places on white collar criminals. The Anomie-Strain Theory was developed by Robert Merton. It basically states that

Outline and assess the importance of victim surveys for sociological understanding of crime and deviance.

604 words - 2 pages recorded. Therefore victim surveys are important to give a more realistic understanding of crime.The British Crime Survey (BCS) is now conducted on an annual basis, on approximatley 15,000 households. The sample is designed to be as representative as possible, selecting households from all over the country. The BCS in 1998 discovered that, only one in four crimes are reported to the police, car theft is the most likley to be reported (98%) whilst

Labelling Theories' Contribution to the Sociological Understanding of Crime and Deviance

1575 words - 6 pages Labelling Theories' Contribution to the Sociological Understanding of Crime and Deviance Becker is the main sociologist studying labelling theory on deviance, he argues that 'social groups create deviance by making the rules whose infraction constitutes deviance.' Meaning acts only become deviant when observers perceive it and define it as deviant. An example of this would be the act of nudity, it is accepted in the

Computer Crime, discusses the proposition that computer crime has increased dramatically over the last 10 years.

1387 words - 6 pages . legislation, including laws concerning privacy, credit card fraud and racketeering, provide criminal-justice agencies with tools to fight business crime. As of 1988, all but two states had specific computer-crime laws, and a federal computer-crime law (1986) deals with certain crimes involving computers in different states and in government activities.ConclusionThere are no valid statistics about the extent of computer crime. Victims often resist

Essay over the book "All Quiet on the Western Front"

1074 words - 4 pages social class, the top of the chain of command.The highest social class in Germany, and therefore the one most able to command all those below, is the Kaiser. His position is not like that of the ones below. He doesn't have to worry about making decisions that will affect those soldiers around him, because he will not feel the effect of losses of his "buddies." In addition his decisions not only are not made to for social class gain but for

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice: Abortion Analyzed Through the Sociological Lens

3055 words - 12 pages extreme costs that accompany the procedure (even when subsidized through public healthcare) as well as the anti-abortion pressure that accompanies this choice (Pike 2011, p.152). Overall, the services that are offered throughout Canada vary from province to province which creates an issue with equal accessibility to the same services for all women. These mentioned drawbacks of the provided Canadian service contribute to the sociological issue of

Similar Essays

The Importance Of Mothers In All Over But The Shoutin’ By Rick Bragg

749 words - 3 pages In the novel All Over but the Shoutin’ Rick Bragg shows the love and devotion of what every mother should have through his mother. The only woman that Bragg truly cares for and takes time out of his day is for his mother Margaret Marie. Bragg tries to do the best for his mother and tries his best to make her proud of him. Bragg learned early in life that his mother strived to give her children everything possible. For Mrs. Bragg her children

Constructing Crime In The Media, By Way Of The Sociological Constructionist Perspective

2843 words - 11 pages 146). In addition, the symbolic interactionist perceives crime as "the by-products of interaction and interpretation within contexts that are shifting and situational" (Fleras 147). More recently, social constructionism has been an important sociological perspective in relation to crime as a social problem. This has been a reality in today's society, where "…popular perceptions do not jibe with the objective reality of the problem" (Heiner

Write A Sociological Essay With Regards To Crime And Deviance With A Functionalist Perspective Then Critique It With A Marxist View.

1156 words - 5 pages deterministic and simplistic to hold all the answers. Weber and Neo-Marxists have tried to improve the argument and make it more relevant but Interactionists and Functionalists dismiss this conflict explanation. The true nature of crime is a very complex picture and it is very unlikely that one explanation holds the full answer.

What Is The Sociological Perspective (Imagination)

683 words - 3 pages things in their true relations or relative importance”. Having a sociological perspective means that you view all of societies components and their relationship to the individual. First I will discuss how individuals are socialized. Next I will point out societal structures role in that socialization. Finally I will discuss how the sociological perspective allows us to view different inequalities in the world.      While