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Encyclopedia of Social Deviance -- 2014
Drawing contributions from across the social and behavioral sciences, including sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, psychology, and religion, this work introduces readers to the lively field of rule-making and rebellion that strikes at the core of what it means to be an individual living in a social world.
ISBN: 9781452240336 eISBN: 9781483340463
What is a Literature Review?
A literature review is a section of a scholarly article or book (usually toward the begining) which summarizes and evaluates previous scholarship.
The purpose of a literature review is to give an accurate and complete accounting of the current state of knowledge for whichever research question you are attempting to answer. It is an essential feature of scholarship because without it the reader cannot judge how well-informed you are or how original your approach might be.
Most academic disciplines are included in our Annual Reviews online subscriptions. Take a look at the Annual Reveiw of Sociology. Looking at them can give you a sense of how it is done.
What you end up writing will be probably be different in two ways.
1) You should have a much narrower focus. These attempt to cover very broad topics.
2) You should delve back a number of years to learn everything you can about your topic. These only try to account for what has happened over the last year.
Possible Topics - Fall 2014
- Acquaintance rape and changing laws on consent
- Juvenile life sentences
- Remanding Juvenile offenders to adult court
- U.S. States and the Death Penalty- other high income nations
- Evolving Hate Crime legislation
- Chronic Offenders and legislative reaction
- Police strategy and Broken Windows Theory
- Criminal Defense- public vs. private, Prosecutorial discretion
- Victims advocacy
- Prison Litigation Reform Act
- Super-max and the isolation controversy
- Mental illness in our prisons and the 8th amendment
- Domestic violence and legislative action- on campuses
- Sex offender reintegration
- Cognitive- Behavioral therapy-distorted thinking
- Exonerated convicts and restitution from the state
- Reasons for false convictions and remedies
- Mandatory minimums sentencint
- Three strikes laws
- Drug war’s disproportional impact on minorities
- Sexual predator laws - evolution
- Punishment of sexual abuse in the U.S.
- Civil comittment of sexual offenders
- Juvenile sexual offenders treatment and theoretical approach
- Commonly used treatments for sexual offenders
- Sex offender registration and the impact on reoffending
- Victims rights - sex offense victims
THESE TOPICS ARE JUST SUGGESTIONS, ANY OF THESE OR ANY TOPIC SIMILAR WILL BE ACCEPTABLE-YOU SHOULD HOWEVER, ASK THE INSTRUCTOR FOR APPROVAL.