The Construction of Crime

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Crime is a contested subject that is approached by an array of academic disciplines. it draws upon psychology, sociology, law, politics, philosophy and more, which makes defining crime difficult.. The oxford dictionary definition on crime is; an action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law; illegal activities; an action or activity considered to be evil, shameful or wrong. This means crimes are not and will not be the same within each society, because norms and values will differ between each. Meaning some acts which would be considered crime in one society, not within another.
"the formal concept of "crime" is an inherently unstable and shifting index of fear and insecurity.. what is conceptualised as crime changes over time and is rarely consistent across different societies.. legal conceptions of crime offer only a partial representation.." (muncie and mcLaughling,2001,p.1)
It is a social construction as it varies across culture, time and law, it is defined by society's own rules. Crime is constructed by the use of social laws, and the decisions of those with power to make some of these social laws into criminal laws. Therefore there wouldn't be any crime if that society's government didn't make any laws.

“Crime only exists when the label and the law are successfully applied to an individuals behaviour. It is not what people do, but how they are perceived and evaluated by others, that constitutes crime.” (John Muncie “The Problem Of Crime”)
All crimes have a general moral basis as I believe, that are seen as wrong or bad by society, but some offences are considered as a crime against morality. These crimes include pornography, homosexuality, domestic violence, tax avoidance or environmental pollution. Morality is a set of beliefs about what is good or bad, a code of conduct or a guide to behaviour that is considered to be…...

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