HOW DO PEOPLE MEASURE THE SERIOUSNESS OF CRIME?

Authors

  • Calro de Giovanni Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Liqun Shao University of East London, United Kingdom
  • Zhao-Min Zhou University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Keywords:

crime, public perceptions, crime seriousness

Abstract

Crime is an undesirable aspect of social life. The nature and intensity of this undesirability is reflected in public perceptions of crime seriousness. These perceptions depend to some extent on the actual parameters of crime. At the same time, however, they are part of the social construction of contemporary reality and essential elements of normative culture. The study of these perceptions is an integral part of the study of social control. The present review attempted to examine to what degree is there agreement among individuals and groups in seriousness perceptions? Then, the degree to which perceptions of crime seriousness are consensually held between differing societies, and social groups over time is examined. Finally, the methodological debate over rating and ranking offence seriousness is considered.

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Published

2021-08-04

How to Cite

Giovanni, C. de, Shao, L., & Zhou, Z.-M. (2021). HOW DO PEOPLE MEASURE THE SERIOUSNESS OF CRIME?. British Journal of Criminology, Law & Justice, 1(1), 39-51. Retrieved from https://fortunepublishing.org/index.php/bjclj/article/view/57

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