California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: September 12, 2003
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 4: Week of September 21, 2003
Topic: Media and the Social Construction of Crime and Justice
- Potter and Kappeler. Constructing Crime -- Chapters 1-5 and 6-11
Lecture related links:
--- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Concepts to be covered:
- the social construction of reality
- presentation of self
- identity politics
- the Other
- In "Crime Waves as Ideology," why does Mark Fishman state: "Crime waves are prime candidates for ideology," (p. 54)? What are some recent examples of crime waves? Why.
- Relating to Berger and Luckmann's concept, "the social construction of reality," how real is "reality TV"? Why. Be sure to incorporate the readings in your answer.
- In Part 2 of the Potter and Kappeler book (Constructing Crime Problems), which author best explains the social construction of a crime problem? Why.
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
Indymedia - BBC News - New Profile - Progressive Sociologists Network
Now, check the Minimum Requirements for Media, Crime and Criminal Justice - Weeks 3 and 4.