Predators, Pictures, and Policy/Social Constructionism (Essay)
Using the same crime throughout (choose any crime you like), do a content analysis of crime stories presented in U.S. printed media (typically newspapers) from the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s, one from each century, for a total of four (4).
How does the social construction of that crime change through time? In general, what is the historical setting during each period that might account for this? What are the potential policy implications for the current criminal justice system? [NB: This is where you use those critical thinking skills!]
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