• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why are Most Convicted Criminals Young, Male and Working-Class?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why are Most Convicted Criminals Young, Male and Working-Class? Official crime statistics show that young, working-class males commit most crime. The following are some reasons that I can think of to explain these generalisations. Young I think young people commit crime as they are out of the age group when their parents closely supervise them. Their curfews may have been extended and parents tend to give them a bit more space, privacy and freedom. They are no longer treated as children but are denied the same rights and responsibilities as adults. This can make them feel deprived of status in society and suffer from what sociologists call status frustration. This simply means that they are frustrated their lack of independent status in society. They are also at the stage when their friends are an important part of their (social) life. They want to impress their mates as well as searching for thrills and status among the peer group. ...read more.

Middle

Male Statistics also suggest that males are more likely to offend than females and only about four percent of the prison population are females. I think this could be due to gender role socialisation and the way in which the bringing up of males and females differ. Teenage girls are more likely to be closely supervised by their parents and boys are thought to be given more freedom, as I have already mentioned above. Boys have also been brought up to thinking that their expected behaviour is aggressive, confident, violent and especially dominant. This could lead them to be more involved in crime than girls, whereas girls are prevented from getting involved in crime in the first place due to the close supervision by their parents. It might also be due to the police stereotype. A stereotype is an exaggerated and distorted view of a social group. An example is how police think men are more likely to get involved in crime and therefore see women as not a threat. ...read more.

Conclusion

Working-class. According to the official crime statistics, working-class people are more likely to be arrested and charged for crimes than those of other social classes. This could be due to the fact that most people desire success and prosperity. Working-class people have relatively fewer opportunities to succeed through means that are legal. As a consequence, they may turn to crime. This could also be due to police stereotype again. Working-class people fit more closely to what the police expect and therefore there is a greater police presence in working-class areas than middle class areas. Crime rates will therefore be higher in working-class areas but only because there are more police there that can respond straightaway to criminal deeds. These are the only explanations I can find to explain why a lot more criminals are young, male and working class. Most of it is due to police stereotype and what they expect to find, as this is what determines where most of the policemen are located. Where there are a lot of policemen, more crime will be detected, which means more criminals being arrested, later convicted. Farzana Jalil 10N 01/03/02 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. I want to investigate the concept of the relative academic failure of working class ...

    taking them from their normal classroom environment, as a questionnaire and interview would. The qualitative technique of non-participant observation is less interested in statistics to prove its point, and more interested in the qualities of social life as mentioned in my rationale.

  2. Why are young black boys involved in more crime than young white boys?

    From my observation I can conclude that young black boys are treated with more respect in schools because they listen and show teachers respect. This may show that the media has more involvement in why young black boys are involved in more crime than young white boys.

  1. Young people, class and gender

    be turned into a girl, while his twin developed as a male. Masterminded by a prominent Baltimore physician, John Money, the child, originally named Bruce, was renamed Brenda and the male twins were brought up as brother and sister. Things started going wrong almost straight away.

  2. Theory and Practice of Work with Young People

    for 16/17 year olds and a lower rate for those aged 18-22. Our continued involvement in teaching them to budget their reduced incomes could easily be described as an expression of an ideology that believes that it is the lack of skills these young people have that cause them difficulties

  1. Discuss the possible reasons for higher mortality and morbidity rates among the working classes.

    The theory doesn't deny the effects of an individual's behaviour, but blames the way society is organised- certain groups are systematically disadvantaged so that they inevitably experience ill health. This theory's roots can be traced back to the late 19th century, when Engels (1974)

  2. What did working-class men and women read during the Industrial Revolution?

    The Poor Man's Guardian and Cleave's Penny Gazette were popular within the working-class whilst the workmen in coffee houses read Blackwood. Poverty meant that the price of literature largely determined the class of the reader, the poor buying the penny part and the middle classes believing that cheap literature was socially stigmatised.

  1. The human family is a group composed of a woman, her dependent children, and ...

    Among those species which, like us, have taken up life on the ground, as well as among those species most closely related to us, adult makes are normally much larger and stronger than females, and their teeth are usually more efficient for fighting.

  2. To try and find out why girls are outperforming boys in GCSEexaminations?

    I gave them three options- yes, no, mostly. I produced a graph showing the results I received: DO YOU ATTEND SCHOOL REGULARLY? YES NO MOSTLY BOYS 3 3 4 GIRLS 9 0 1 As I said before I got a different set of results than I thought I would.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work