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The Cranky Sociologist is a blog compiled by three sociology professors who believe that “if sociology doesn’t make you cranky, you ain’t doing it right”. Using the HBO show “The Wire”(episode “Hamsterdam” and based on the work of Durkheim and Merton, the authors discussion the connection between the level of crime and anomie.

  1. How does “Hamsterdam” demonstrate Merton’s definition of anomie?

The Mysterious Dark Net

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Jamie Bartlett, social media analyst investigates the legal and illegal subcultures of the “dark net”.

  1. What is the “dark net”?
  2. Why is the dark net seen as a subculture?

Encore: Author explores the murder of Kitty Genovese

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Audie Cornish, NPR host, interviews Kevin Cook, author of "Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America." 

  1. How can you connect anomie to the case of Kitty Genovese?

Relative Deprivation Approach

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  1. What is the example used on this website to describe relative deprivation?

The Interrupters

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‘The Interrupters’ is a critically acclaimed 2011 documentary telling the story of three Cure Violence workers who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. It examines a year in which Chicago drew national headlines for violence and murder that plagued the city.

“The Interrupters” Educator Guide

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  1. After viewing this video, describe anomie and strain theories in terms of community violence.

Can General Strain Theory Explain White-Collar Crime?

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In this Prezi presentation, Angie Seubert and Kendra Krause compile information to support the connection between general strain theory and white-collar crime.

  1. According to Sutherland, what is coupled with strain to foster white-collar crime?