Nov 092013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 10:45am-12:15pm Vallee-499

Primary Session Category: Criminology
Session Code: Crim1
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: People and behaviours have been labelled criminal since time immemorial; however what has been labelled acceptable and unacceptable has varied considerably across geo-political borders and over time. How and why has crime been socially constructed differently over the years and around the globe? To get to the heart of this perplexing sociological question, this session will explore the social processes underlying how individuals, groups, and behaviours become defined as criminal. In particular, we will focus on how different social, political, cultural, and historical contextual factors play a role in explaining how and why deviance and crime are constructed the way they are, and why these constructions differ across state borders and over time. We welcome research that investigates the social construction of crime from any time and any place in the world. We invite papers that explore a variety of themes and topics including: media representations of crime, how police react to crime, the role of scientific experts in the social construction of crime, and how societal reactions to crime shape punishment choices. Papers that compare and contrast the social construction of crime in multiple countries or different time periods are strongly encouraged.

Session Organizer: Steven Hayle, University of Toronto, ,



1.     Rachael Collins  

‘Bombshell Bandits’: An Analysis of Female Offenders and Victims in the Canadian Press

2.     Stephen Muzzatti   

 Motorcycle Edgework

3.     Steven Hayle  

Explaining Cross-National Variation in Harm Reduction Through Historical Sociology

4.     Paula Maurutto, Lucy Luccisano, Laura Macdonald 

The development of Safer Cities in Toronto and Mexico City: How crime prevention logics transcend boundaries

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