Crime, the Criminal, and Society

  • William Dienstein
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


“There ought to be a law!” This statement reflects a prevailing notion in the American society that a legal mandate protects a society by controlling behavior. The notion is worthy of examination. Each year thousands of laws are passed by legislative bodies. These laws, in theory, identify behaviors that are perceived by people to be threatening to the social order. These threatening behaviors are performed by persons. The perceived threat is not only in the behavior but also in its consequences. The consequences are seen as undermining social stability by menacing what is thought to be the basic security of the society.


Legislative Body Poor Person Affectional Relationship Threatening Behavior Legal Mandate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

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  • William Dienstein

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