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Crime, Law & Deviance

Crime, Law and Deviance is a sociological concentration that allows students to learn about causes of crime as well as issues related to punishment and social reactions to crime.  Studying deviance as well as crime provides insight into central social processes that affect how particular societies stigmatize, punish or seek to ‘rehabilitate’ their members.  Courses on “Criminology,” “Sociology of Crime and Punishment,” and “Sociology of Law” also involve studying the workings of the criminal justice system within a broad sociological framework that delves into how law is developed, how and why social reactions to crime take specific shape, how the media covers crime, and how social movements and criminology interrelate, among other topics.

Course Offerings

Deviance and Social Control 253
Criminology  319
Law, Society and Civil Rights 320
Drugs and Society 322
Sociology of Crime and Punishment 325
Sociology of Law (New)

Affiliated Professors
Prof. Lynn Chancer
Prof. Mark Halling
Prof. Marnia Lazreg 
Prof. Michaela Soyer

Areas of concentration

Document Actions

Faculty Publications

Across Generations
Building Popular Power
Fighting To Learn
High Profile Crimes
New York and Amsterdam
One Out of These
Opting Out
Questioning The Veil
Sadomasochism In Everyday Life
Seeing The Light
Sewing Women
Strangers No More
The Unhappy Divorce of Sociology and Psychoanalysis
Torture Twilight of Empire
Immigration and Social Capital in the Age of Social Media
A Dream Denied
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era
Foucault's Orient
Oh Book Cover
Opting In
White Lies
Cyber Racism
Going Public
Digital Sociologies
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