Assignment: Demographics of Crime
Assignment: Demographics of Crime
For Reflective Project #2, you may choose one of the following three options. Please ensure that your paper is around 3 pages, double-spaced, with a heading (your name, course info, etc.) and a creative title. Remember that you must utilize ideas and concepts from the textbook, class lectures and discussions to illustrate your point, so the prompt that you choose to write about must reference any of those corresponding chapters, lectures, discussions, and/or activities. Lastly, factors such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar certainly count towards your reflection paper grade, so be sure to edit your paper beforehand.
Below are the three prompts that you may choose (one) to write about:
1) The Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Chapter 7 (Deviance, Crime, and Social Control) describes several ways in which the Uniform Crime Report may present an inaccurate picture of the demographics of crime. Describe the sources of bias that lead to these inaccuracies. Are these biases better explained by conflict theory or functionalism? Justify your answer. Be sure to also consult the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) website, as well as the National Crime Victimization Report (NCVR) website during this process. Then, consider how this connects to Robert Merton’s idea that labeling can bring about self-fulfilling prophecies; that inaccurate beliefs, if repeated loudly and frequently enough, can become true.
2) Social Status and Cultural Capital. According to Max Weber, the traditional source of wealth–owning the means of production–isn’t the only factor in determining social status (Chapter 9: Social Stratification in the U.S.). How does Weber conceptualize power and prestige? Why does he argue that power and prestige, in addition to material wealth, are important factors in determining a person’s social status? Then, consider that half of all children grow up to have the same socioeconomic class as their parents. Discuss the ways in which Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital influences this phenomenon, and see this video for a depiction of how this works:
3) Implicit Attitudes on Race and Ethnicity. Go to https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.ht… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., read the “Preliminary Information” box, and once you’ve clicked on “I wish to proceed,” please take the “Race IAT.” What do you think this IAT is trying to measure? Share your results if you are willing. Otherwise, please be sure to share your reactions to your results. Be sure to also synthesize the following into your paper: How do sociologists define race and ethnicity? Describe the differences between racism, prejudice, and discrimination, and highlight the difference between individual and institutional types of discrimination. Lastly, dicsuss the meaning of minority groups, and discuss how assimilation has worked in the United States. Be sure to mention the idea of racial passing and describe why someone would try to pass (Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity).
PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY
NO PLAGIARISM PLEASE
I INCLUDED THE TEXT BOOK TOO
NO RESOURCES FROM OTHER PLACES ONLT THE BOOK
KEEP IT ORIGINAL WORK
NOT TOO LONG
KEEP IT SIMPLE
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.