1 or More
18 to 20
18 to 20 year olds are less likely to commit assaults
Table 2: Sociology 2M Paper Assignment, Victim of Theft by Education
Never Victim of Theft
1 or more thefts
High School Graduate
The more Education, the less likely you will be a victim of theft
Table 3: Sociology 2M Paper Assignment, Ethnicity and Assault
Never Assaulted anyone
1 or more Assaults
Anglos or Whites
More likely to assault someone if you are Latino or African American
Table 4: Sociology 2M Paper Assignment, Vandalism and Age
Never committed vandalism
1 or more vandalism incidents
18 to 20
21 and up
The younger you are, the more likely you are to have vandalized property
Table 5: Sociology 2M Paper Assignment: Education and Shoplifting
1 or more shoplifting incidents
High School Graduate
First Year University
Two + Years University
The higher your education, the more likely you are to have shoplifted
You assignment is to select three of the tables above, and write a page describing how one of the theories you read about and heard about in lecture and section could explain the finding given below each Table. The fourth page you should write about what surprised you about the results reported by this class. Make a clear reference to the table you are writing about on each page. The paper is due in Lecture on December 8, 2014.
December 8, 2014
The table shows a variety of ethnic groups and its corresponding statistics of assaults. Drawing from the table, Latinos and African Americans have the two highest percentage of committing one or more assaults in comparison to Anglos or Whites and Asians/Asian Americans. Anglos and Whites have the highest percentage, 75%, for never assaulting anyone, followed by Asians/Asian Americans with 66%. Correspondently with these numbers, statistics show that 60% of committing one or more assaults are African Americans and 42% are Latinos. In essence, the chart displays the higher percentages of the minority ethnic groups, African Americans and Latinos.
Deviant and criminal behavior can initiate from simply being labeled as a criminal. An approach to explaining this is through the labeling theory, beginning with the notion that deviant or criminal acts are not intrinsically criminal. The definition of deviance is usually defined through those who hold power in the community, the ones who create the margins of “proper” behavior. Ex-criminals tend to find difficulty when seeking employment, for example, because of their label as an ex-convict. In the public eye, that particular individual has been labeled as a criminal and will forever be referred to and treated with suspicion like one for the rest of their lives.
Different people of social class may also see the same situation in different perspectives. For example, people residing in affluent neighborhoods may see that children breaking windows, climbing into neighbor’s yards, or picking fruits of other people’s trees is simply a part of children growing up. This innocent process is regarded by parents, teachers and police as a maturing aspect of life, whereas people in the less fortunate neighborhoods deem these activities as juvenile delinquency.
Similarly to the table above, Latinos and African Americans are usually the two races that people associate with when it comes to committing crimes, especially with assaults. Applying labels to these ethnic groups pushes their mindsets to become that category they