Crime and Criminology

Criminal Justice

Quiz 13 :
Interactionist Explanations

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Quiz 13 :
Interactionist Explanations

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Responses could include: Three underlying premises: -'Human beings act toward things on the basis of the meanings that the things have for them'. -'The meaning of such things is derived from, or arises out of, the social interaction one has with one's fellows' . -'These meanings are handled in, and modified through, an interpretive process used by the person dealing with the things he encounters' (Blumer 1969, pp.2-3). Discussion -Individual behaviour is an outcome of circumstances and the meaning that those circumstances have for the individual. -Our view of ourselves is an outcome of how we think others view us.We see ourselves as a reflection of how others see us.This is taken from our interaction with them. -Others influence how we view ourselves and understand the world around us. -Students might also refer to the example on p.238 or create their own example and note the introduction of labelling.

Responses should include: -Criminal behaviour is learned. -Criminal behaviour is learned in interaction with other persons in a process of communication. -The principal part of the learning of criminal behaviour occurs within intimate personal groups. -When criminal behaviour is earned, the learning includes (a) techniques of committing the crime, which are sometimes very complicated, sometimes very simple; (b) the specific direction of motives, drives, rationalisations, and attitudes.