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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary SeminarSeries - Monday, April 2, 2012

Linda Casals lindac at
Mon Apr 2 08:48:35 EDT 2012


DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Presents
Title: The Social Construction of Criminology

Speaker: John T. Krimmel, Sr., Department of Criminology, 
         The College of New Jersey

Date: Monday, April 2, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: DIMACS Center, CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University                 
             Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Crime is socially constructed as is the law that defines it. To wit,
an act will not be considered a crime unless it is deemed to be
illegal by some type of legislative process. The public can influence
the legislative process mostly through the media's reaction to
extraordinary events. Legislators often react to noteworthy crimes
because of excessive media attention to it. Megan's law, for example,
was passed in many, if not all states in the United States, largely
due to media pressure on the legislatures to "do something about child
abduction by pedophiles." The science of criminology finds itself in
the milieu of crime explanations based upon this social construction
of actions deemed to be criminal by legislators. In other words,
criminologists find themselves explaining the criminal acts of people
as defined by non-criminologists. Thus, criminology appears to be
reactionary as it must constantly re-define itself depending upon
legislative reactions to crimes portrayed in media sources. This
research explores the relationships between the media, the
legislature, the law, and the science of criminology.

DIMACS/CCICADA Interdisciplinary Series, Complete Spring Calendar 2012

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