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Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)

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Criminal Justice is...

"...the application of concepts drawn from the developing fields of management, sociology, social work, psychology, as well as the use of modern technology in policing and suggest that police officers should have a college education..."

August Vollmer (1916)

""There is no society that is not confronted with the problem of criminality. Its form changes; the acts thus characterized are not the same everywhere; but, everywhere and always, there have been men who have behaved in such a way as to draw upon themselves penal repression. There is, then, no phenomenon that represents more indisputably all the symptoms of normality, since it appears closely connected with the conditions of all collective life."

Emile Durkheim (1895)


Sociology is...

"...[that which] enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is its task and its promise."

 C. Wright Mills (1959)  

"...the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports."

American Sociological Association (2006)

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