For the class, I will be writing a term paper using a criminologic theory to evaluate a particular kind of crime. Here is my proposal for the paper I plan to write.
Does Culture Play a Significant Role in the Prevalence of Dog Fighting Among Americans?
Subculture Theory in Evaluation of Dog Fighting Crimes.
ProposalI propose to consider subculture theory as it pertains to dog fighting crimes in the United States. Culture, representing the norms that both guide behavior and determine the way behavior is judged by the majority, is a socially shared phenomenon. A subculture, therefore, is a distinctive culture within a culture where norms and values differ from the majority. Subculture theory in criminology argues that certain subcultures in society exhibit norms that may be conducive to participation in particular crimes and violence. Subculture theory explains that these groups may create a sense of community to combat alienation and regain power by forming their own new and different culture. This development of separate cultural norms among different ethnic and regional groups may explain the existence of cultures in the US where dog fighting is accepted despite the majority culture being in opposition to it. Critical assessment of subculture theory in evaluation of dog fighting participation may help to understand how and why these behaviors continue to pervade in the United States despite their legal and social consequences.
Are you intrigued? I am. I'm quite excited about getting started on my research, especially regarding the history of dog fighting. (my preliminary research has already revealed some facts I think most would find to be quite surprising)
You're going to have to be patient. The paper isn't due until Thursday July 15 by 12:00 noon - so it won't be done until Thursday June 15 at 11:59am. It's how I roll.