This weekâ€™s discussion will examine the power of labeling, as well as the differences between white-collar and street crime.
- Are labels ever desirable? What non-criminal labels might impact a personâ€™s likelihood to commit crime?
- Does labeling result from behavior or personal qualities? What might this have to do with immigration policies?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of sociological theories, such as differential association, anomie, and strain, in their ability to explain blue-collar and white-collar crimes? Do these theories better explain blue-collar crimes than white-collar crimes? Why?
- It has been suggested that white-collar crimes are motivated by â€œclassicalâ€ factors, while street crimes are primarily â€œpositiveâ€ in nature. Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.