What Is The Difference Between Agencies Of Formal And Informal Social Control And Evaluate Their Relative Effectiveness, Including Legal Sanctions and Informal Sanctions
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Compare and contrast the labelling perspective and rational choice theory.
Compare and contrast the labelling perspective and rational choice theory. Intro The extent to which formal sanctions have some bearing on the behaviour of offenders is a focal point of both rational choice theory and labelling perspectives (Baumer, Wright Kristinsdottir & Gunnlaugsson, 2002). Specific deterrence models generally posit that as the severity, certainty, and swift ness of sanctions increase, which in turn reduces re-offending (Gibb, 1975) (Baumer, Wright Kristinsdottir & Gunnlaugsson, 2002). In contrast the labelling theory predicts that formal sanctions increase reoffending by promoting a criminal self concept (Baumer, Wright Kristinsdottir & Gunnlaugsson, 2002). While deterrence and labelling theories are traditionally have been viewed in opposition to one another (Liska and Messner, 1999) recent theoretical contributions have integrated concepts from these and other theories (Baumer, Wright Kristinsdottir & Gunnlaugsson, 2002). Agency Although both perspectives are considered **to be concerning themselves with agency, or individual action, they go about this task in very different ways. Labelling perspective seek to understand the 'meaning' in human behaviour (Young, 1981:286). Whereas rational choice perspective in seeks to understand and control human behaviour (1). Context Labelling perspective initially emerged in the 1960's and early 1970's
Discuss the function of sleep (25 marks)
ESSAY PLAN: Discuss the function of sleep (25 marks) Intro Define evolutionary theories: evolutionary theories suggest sleep has evolved because it gives an animal a greater chance of survival when in a dangerous environment. They also suggest that sleep has evolved because it conserves energy and coincides with their eating habits. Define restoration theories: states sleep is necessary to restore biological processes in the body. And then compare the two. Paragraph 1 Outline the evolutionary theory Paragraph 2 Ao2 the evolutionary theory- build an argument! Paragraph 3 Outline the restoration theory Paragraph 4 Ao2 the restoration theory- build an argument! Paragraph 5 Conclusion ESSAY: Discuss the function of sleep (25 marks) The two main theories on the function on sleep are the evolutionary theory and the restoration theory. The evolutionary theory suggests that sleep has evolved because it gives an animal a greater chance of survival when in a dangerous environment. The theory also says that sleep is important because it conserves energy and sleep patterns coincide with an animal's eating habits. Whereas the restoration theory suggests that sleep is necessary to restore biological processes in the body. Therefore both theories suggest that sleep is important but have different reasons as to why. Researchers have looked into the evolutionary theory and
Critically evaluate socio-economic and cultural predictors of psychological well-being.
Submitted, Jan, 2004 Critically evaluate socio-economic and cultural predictors of psychological well-being. Over recent years, a shift has occurred in the study of optimal human functioning from illness (or the lack of it) to the more positive view of what it means to be well (Diener, Suh, Lucas and Smith, 1999). Early studies that examined demographic factors produced little support in terms of their predictive value of well-being. However recent investigations, which have tested socio-economic and cultural variables using the tradition of Subjective Well Being (SWB), have offered more compelling evidence. Nevertheless, methodological limitations as well as a lack of theoretical underpinnings within the SWB tradition indicate a need for more comprehensive and complimentary measurements, as well as a more integrated model of well-being that combines the tradition of SWB, with the more theoretically derived tradition of Psychological Well-Being (PWB). Such a typological model could go some way to reflecting a more encompassing view of human well-being. Historically, the major approach used to understand positive human functioning has been through the study of illness. However, the emphasis has shifted more recently to investigations of what it means to be well, since more individuals are well than ill (Diener et al., 1999). Initially, such studies concentrated on
Media Violence Effects
Media Violence Effects Effects of media have been controversial for over a century. The concerns are still continuing, mainly focused on the relationship between mediated violence and its effects on audiences nowadays. There are a large number of people, particularly psychological experts who believe that violence in the media causes or directly affects violent behaviour in the audience. Plenty of psychological research and scientific study have shown that behavioural effects such as modelling, desensitisation and catharsis of mediated violence on viewers do exist. However, achieving an agreement of their conception seems to be very difficult, as other researchers arguing that there is no enough hard evidence to prove that causal relationship (mediated violence causes violent behaviour on audience) and "the scientific evidence simply does not show that watching violence either produces violence in people, or desensitises them to it"(Jonathan Freedman). In my opinion, mediated violence does affect audience's behaviour, psychologically and experimentally. However, I would not agree that violent action in audience is totally and directly caused by violence in media, and there are other factors existing, as well. In the following of this paper, I will discuss using cases involving the media to demonstrate the speculated causality between mediated violence and violent behaviour in
A Discursive Analysis of extracts regarding a male(TM)s perception of body image
A Discursive Analysis of extracts regarding a male's perception of body image This analysis looks at four young men's perceptions of female body image through the use of discursive analysis. This interview looks at what the participating males think about different body sizes and how important a women's body size and appearance is to them. Discursive analysis is a qualitative method used to analyse data and is used to comprehend spoken interaction and written text which views language as something that constructs reality rather than simply describing it. Extract 1. Cli: but (2.0) m:m its mainly the face that I think its wha- 2 (0.5) you find mos[t attractive 3 Jef: [m:::m 4 Int: yeah= 5 Jef: =but the more slight girls I think I find more beautiful 6 (0.5) 7 Cli: m:::m but 8 Jef: but maybe it's the slightly bigger ones that you find a 9 bit more .hhh fit= 0 Uri: they just look like they've got right angles 1 in ?their body? (2.0) 1 Zan: hehe[hehe 2 Uri: [hehehe (0.5) 3 Jef: its horrible 4 Uri: I kno(h)w (1.0) 5 Int: what can you just state which model that is 6 Jef: models er D again (0.5) like he-her armpit and her 7 shoulder and everything is horr(h)ible 8 Cli: it just [>looks so:: skinny< 9 Jef: [its like a skeleton (.) literally like a skeleton 20 (2.0) Cli draws
To what extent can the problem of alcohol abuse in our society be explained in terms of the genetic makeup of the individual involved?
To what extent can the problem of alcohol abuse in our society be explained in terms of the genetic makeup of the individual involved? 'In most cultures, alcohol is the most frequently used brain depressant and a cause of considerable morbidity and mortality. Fortunately, most individuals learn from these experiences and moderate their drinking, thus avoiding alcohol dependence or abuse' (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). Alcohol dependence according to the DSM IV TR is indicated by tolerance and withdrawal and compulsive behaviour towards alcohol, whereas alcohol abuse requires fewer symptoms and is therefore less severe than dependence (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). In both dependence and abuse an individual will tend to experience social and interpersonal problems due to their drinking habits (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). It can often be difficult to compare studies as they vary in there use of alcohol, use, abuse and dependence as dependent variable. Alcohol dependence or addiction requires initial exposure to alcohol followed by behaviours seeking to repeat the experience. After repetitions of this behaviour-stimulus sequence, the addiction, dependence becomes established. (West, 2001) Many theories focus on why particular individuals are more susceptible to alcohol addiction or dependence than others (Clapper et al 1995 cited in West,
Personality: trait theories
Personality: trait theories Trait theories of personality are based on the assumption that a person's personality can be captured in a series of binary oppositions. My students are required when considering their performance in their practical work to take into account a variety of factors which might have influenced their performance. They seem to like to latch on to trait theories of personality as an explanation of, for example, why they didn't complete their work by the deadlines (laziness), why they had difficulty with an interviewee (shyness) and so on. Looking back over their work as a whole, they will often be tempted to explain their success or failure in terms of their own personality characteristics which they see as largely unvarying. I am personally skeptical of trait theories of personality. I find it hard to accept that a personality can be summed up in sixteen (or however many) adjectives and am certainly not persuaded that such supposed traits are relatively permanent. I am really uncomfortable with any talk of 'personality' at all in fact, but maybe that's a personality defect of mine. It seems to me that such theories (or at least the common applications of such theories) overlook the constantly changing situations in which we find ourselves during the course of each day. A little reflection will soon reveal that, although some of us may think of people in
Explain the importance of team building, the stages in the development of team cohesion and analyse the impact of good and poor team cohesion on the British Army, with reference to relevant theorists.
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Examine the social construction of youth crime and consider the myth of youth crime.
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