Reading 3) Cohen and Felson begin their article with the observation that crime was increasing after 1960 at the same time people were doing better economically. What social changes were taking place during this time that help, according to Cohen and Felson, explain the increase in crime?
What does routine activities theory argue are the three things needed for crime to occur?
In what way(s) is routine activities theory similar to deterrence and rational choice theories? Reading 4) Gina Lombroso-Ferrero is Cesare Lombroso’s daughter and provides a summary of his work (her father authored the introduction prior to his death).
What is Cesare Lombroso’s theory of atavism and the born criminal? Are all criminals born criminals?
In what ways do Lombroso’s ideas differ from the classical criminologists (Beccaria and Bentham) with regard to who is a potential criminal and the appropriate nature of punishment for dealing with crime? (That is, should the punishment fit the crime or the criminal, and why?)