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NCJ Number: 69038 Find in a Library
Title: ON WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU? (FROM STIGMATIZATION AND DEVIANT BEHAVIOR, P 19-36, 1973, BY ROSA DEL OLMO - SEE NCJ-69037)
Author(s): H S BECKER
Corporate Author: Universidad Del Zulia
Centro de Investigaciones Criminologicas
Facultas de Derecho
Venezuela
Date Published: 1973
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Universidad Del Zulia
Maracaibo, Venezuela
Sale Source: Universidad Del Zulia
Centro de Investigaciones Criminologicas
Facultas de Derecho
Maracaibo,
Venezuela
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: Spanish
Country: Venezuela
Annotation: THE PERCEPTIONS OF THE ROLE OF CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCHERS ARE GIVEN AS FELT BY THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, BY RESEARCHERS' COLLEAGUES, BY MEMBERS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT, AND BY THE RESEARCHERS THEMSELVES.
Abstract: FROM A CRIMINOLOGIST'S PERSPECTIVE, RESEARCHERS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS THEIR SUBJECTS (DEVIANTS AND OFFENDERS) ARE SEEN AS AMBIVALENT AND COMPLEX. MEMBERS OF THE SOCALLED NORMAL, OR STRAIGHT, SOCIETY, WHICH CREATES THE NORMS OF MORALITY AND LEGALITY, ACCUSE CRIMINOLOGISTS OF SYMPATHIZING OR EMPATHIZING TOO MUCH WITH THE DEVIANT INDIVIDUALS THEY ARE STUDYING, AND OF BLAMING SOCIETY, IMPLICITLY OR EXPLICITLY, FOR BEING THE CAUSE OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THOSE WHO DEVIATE FROM ITS NORMS. FOR INSTANCE, CRIMINOLOGISTS STUDYING DRUG ADDICTS ARE SUSPECTED OF BEING ON THEIR SIDE AGAINST THE POLICE AND THE AUTHORITIES. CRIMINOLOGISTS ARE SELDOM GIVEN CREDIT FOR BEING OBJECTIVE, BUT ARE ASSUMED TO BE AUTOMATICALLY ON THE SIDE OF DEVIANTS, TO REGARD THESE OFFENDERS AS THE UNDERDOGS WITHIN SOCIETY, AND TO PORTRAY THEM AS MORE SINNED AGAINST THAN SINNERS. POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND PREFERENCES ON THE CRIMINOLOGICAL RESEARCHERS' PART CANNOT, OF COURSE, ALWAYS BE RULED OUT AS INFLUENCING THEIR OPINIONS. ON THE OTHER HAND, POLITICIANS, POLICE, AND PRISON AUTHORITIES ARE CAUGHT IN A MESH OF CONSTRAINTS, LIES, AND COVER-UPS, ARE NOT FREE TO FRANKLY EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DEVIANTS AND OFFENDERS UNDER THEIR CONTROL, AND ARE BOUND TO CHALLENGE THE LATTER'S CREDIBILITY WHEN THEY COMPLAIN OF ABUSES OF AUTHORITY AND PRISON CONDITIONS. THE MEMBERS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE ESTABLISHMENT ARE COMPELLED TO SAY THAT PRISONERS' COMPLAINTS ARE UNFOUNDED, OR ARE ONE-SIDED AT BEST. CONSCIENTIOUS CRIMINOLOGISTS CAN ONLY TRY TO COMPROMISE WITH THEIR OWN BIASES AND IDEOLOGIES AND STRIVE FOR OBJECTIVITY. EVEN IF TOTAL OBJECTIVITY IS HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE, THEY WILL AT LEAST AVOID GROSS DISTORTIONS OF THE TRUTH. --IN SPANISH.
Index Term(s): Criminology; Police attitudes; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Research; Researcher subject relations; Role perception
Note: CRIMINOLOGIA - TEXTOS PARA SU ESTUDIO NO. 2 (CRIMINOLOGY - TEXT FOR STUDY NO. 2)
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