Which sociological perspective would you choose in order to best understand how race, class, and gender, impact the rates of crime in the United States? Defend your response.

Which sociological perspective would you choose in order to best understand how race, class, and gender, impact the rates of crime in the United States? Defend your response.

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I would prefer to choose the interactionist perspective in regards to best understanding how race, class, and gender impact crime in the United States. As per my understanding, they contribute numerous factors into the perspective that are very realistic. To defend my response, I have to begin with the statement by Edwin Sutherland (1949) his theory of differential association says that persons are likely to commit deviant acts if individuals associate with others who are deviants. Unfortunately the said statement is sad however very true. Today also in society there exist several different influences on a person, and if the negative’s out weight the positives than a person can become consumed with negative. Henry Brownstein (2001) argued that race and class matter in how an individual conceptualize victims and offenders. News coverage of local crime stories makes their contribution in defining how victims and offenders. To support my opinion, Travis Dixon and Daniel Linz (2000) stated that Latinos and Blacks were more likely to be portrayed in television news as criminal perpetrators instead being as victims. On the contrary, Whites were more likely to be portrayed as victims than as perpetrators (Leon-Guerrero 345).

Asked on February 13, 2018 in economics.
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