Introduction Perhaps one of the most devastating social ills that exist within our society is that of the consumption of drugs. The precise extent to which this problem exists is unknown but what we do know is that it is vast and multi lateral, pulling in many other interrelated issues along with it. Other aspects […]
“Emergent Technology is, by its very nature, out of control and leads to unpredictable outcomes.” William Gibson The arrest of Saddam Hussein was considered by many Americans and British civilians, military figures, and politicians to be the key to the beginning of the end of the war in Iraq. It wasn’t. But what I want […]
Organised crime can be described as the activities of criminal syndicates involved in supplying goods and services that are prohibited by law such as drugs or gambling along with other protection rackets, intimidation and extortion. The main motivation behind the organized crime, according to many criminologists, seems to be fast upward mobility for lower class […]
Critically analyse media representations of organised crime, with specific reference to their change over time
Perhaps the most influential information we get with regards to how society perceives organised crime is through their coverage within the media. Whether this is through the use of films that are seen at the cinema, stories that are relayed to us via the print or radio press or through dramas, news stories and documentaries […]
Is a crime committed because the criminal is a rational being, able to make the decision to offend as an act of free will?
As the notion of free will and rationality depend upon an array of criminological, sociological and philosophical perspectives this essay was to be contrasted through various seminal works that had inspired various perspectives and critiques with regards to the notion of criminal law. In an attempt to draw out these perspectives it was decided to […]
What is Social Banditry? If you were in charge of a state facing social banditry would you try and police it? And what problem would you face?
One of the most important issues regarding social disorder is that of social banditry. Whether it is in historical context or in relation to contemporary society it has existed throughout the ongoing development of our societies and cultures. What shall be discussed in the following debate is whether or not social banditry should be policed […]
Can Elias’s characterisation of the civilising process help us to understand contemporary punishment?
One of the most important issues of contemporary society is that of punishment. There are however many philosophies behind the reason for punishment and the measures that we employ as a society. The debate that will be raised during the course of this work is to see whether or not Elias’s characterisation of the civilising […]
“Discuss and evaluate the possibility that Elias’ ‘civilizing process’ influenced the development of less brutal practices of punishment in western societies” Over the course of recent decades, it has become increasingly apparent that modern penal systems, notably in western societies have undergone a process of ‘civilisation’ previously unseen. Punishments have gradually moved away from physical […]
If current media representations hold true, British society has reached an all time low stage where we are threatened by gangs of unruly teenagers on every street corner, youths, dressed in the uniform which spreads terror into older generations: hooded top, tracksuit bottoms, trainers. These gangs of youths seem to be a new phenomenon, openly […]
Into every society is woven tales and legends of history that depict the culture and fabric which help to form the narrative of what makes a people distinct, unique and special. These ideas and images are passed on from generation to generation and help to identify the components of what comprises a national identity. A […]
Perhaps one of the most important issues surrounding any development of business and trade is that of the increasing growth and power of supermarkets. With their increasing stranglehold over more and more products they are fast becoming the new super powers, the particular area that we shall be concentrating on is the technological aspect. With […]
The internet has removed many of the political and economical restraints that limit the expression of ideas in more traditional mediums. One attraction of the internet is the level of anonymity the architecture affords its users. The main argument for greater regulation lies in the undeniable growth in ‘cyber crime’, much of which is facilitated […]
Civil society operates smoothly because most of its members retain respect of the rule of law. Law is to protect the individuals within a society from wrongdoing by others, providing a legal framework from which punishment may be meted out should the laws of a society be broken. In a system which promotes the equality […]
It is controversial and heavily disputed whether punishment serves a function within society, and if so what this function is. Furthermore, the type of punishment given and the reasons for it is strongly contested. Early forms of punishment within British society included hanging, drawn & quartered, stoning, branding and whipping, to name a few. As […]
Crime prevention in the UK plays a pivotal role within society, whether it be ‘the fight against crime’ or influencing new policy. The prevalence of crime has resulted in many new strategies being brought in to force in an attempt to lessen the ‘crime problem’, but why has crime prevention become the more favoured strategy, […]