By Kay White
<ul><li>Meade (1863-1931) was an American sociologist, psychologist and philosopher </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as the founder ...
<ul><li>INTERACTIONISM: The study of individuals and how they act within society </li></ul><ul><li>The belief that everyon...
<ul><li>Crime and deviance is not a response of people to their social situation  </li></ul><ul><li>The criminal or devian...
<ul><li>Interactionists argue that laws are less frequently/strictly applied to certain groups compared to others </li></u...
<ul><li>Evaluates human interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Blumer saw humans acting towards social objects because of the meani...
<ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNWhBq1HQ5g </li></ul><ul><li>American Socioligist’s podcast from 2001 </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>http://www.sociology.org.uk/devtint1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactionism </li></ul><...
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Sociological Explainations of Crime: Interactionism

  1. 1. By Kay White
  2. 2. <ul><li>Meade (1863-1931) was an American sociologist, psychologist and philosopher </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as the founder of sociology in America and the Interactionist theory </li></ul><ul><li>Blumer (1900-1987) continued on Meade’s work in Interactionism, developing SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONISM </li></ul>MEADE BLUMER
  3. 3. <ul><li>INTERACTIONISM: The study of individuals and how they act within society </li></ul><ul><li>The belief that everyone has different values, cultures and beliefs. So, for example, it can’t be generalized that all people from the same social class/location etc think the same way </li></ul><ul><li>Interactionists study society on a micro level </li></ul><ul><li>Interactionists reject statistical data (too broad/biased) and work more with qualitative data </li></ul><ul><li>Participant observation allows them to access symbols and meanings in the way people interact (Verstehen) </li></ul><ul><li>Became particularly influential in sociology in the 1960’s and 70’s </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Crime and deviance is not a response of people to their social situation </li></ul><ul><li>The criminal or deviant can be quite normal </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on how society defines certain groups as criminal or deviant </li></ul><ul><li>Questions the idea that there is a general consensus as to what is right or wrong in society </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Interactionists argue that laws are less frequently/strictly applied to certain groups compared to others </li></ul><ul><li>Cicourel 1968 youth offenders in America found that white middle class youths were less liable to identification by police – more recent studies support this </li></ul><ul><li>Police have a stereotype </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Evaluates human interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Blumer saw humans acting towards social objects because of the meaning they associate with that object </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNWhBq1HQ5g </li></ul><ul><li>American Socioligist’s podcast from 2001 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The symbolic interactionist’s approach, sees society as a product of everyday interactions of individuals ” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>http://www.sociology.org.uk/devtint1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interactionism </li></ul><ul><li>“ Theories of Crime” edited by Ian Marsh with Gaynor Melville, Keith Morgan, Gareth Norris and Zoe Walkington, 2006, Routledge </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.colorado.edu/communication/meta-discourses/Papers/App_Papers/Nelson.htm </li></ul>

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