Criminology Is Obscuring The Causes Of Crime | Controversy

Criminologists are scientists who study the causes of crime and ways of controlling it. At a time when crime is increasing it would seem they have an important contribution to make. But Dr Cohen, a lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex, believes they are failing to do so. He says British criminologists tend to regard crime as a sort of disease for which you can find a cause in the physical or psychological characteristics of the individual.

Clip Info
  • Clip length: 1'14'03''
  • Broadcast year: 1973
Curriculum Connection
  • Sociology | How are crime and deviance defined and measured in the UK? | Defintions of crime and deviance: the relativity of crime and deviance over time, between and within societies; the social construction of crime and deviance. Measuring crime including the advantages and disadvantages of each: official crime statistics, victim surveys (including CSEW); self-report studies.

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  • Provider: BBC
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Programme: Controversy
  • Episode: Criminology Is Obscuring The Causes Of Crime