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Criminology Paper 4 In Marcus Felsons book Crime and Everyday Life Felson discusses temptations without controls the chemistry for crime delivering crime to your doorstep and out-of-sync youth in chapters 2-5 In this paper I am going to summarize and critique each chapter Felson titled chapter 2 Temptations Without Controls Throughout the chapter Felson shows how crime thrives on temptations without controls He shows how these words refer to the immediate environment as it provides the roots for crime He goes on to say that even crimes deeper roots from the past must accomplish the physical delivery of temptations without controls In order to find out which of these two forces has the upper hand in any given setting or in society as a whole Felson says that we need to study particular crime types and the settings that generate them including workplaces schools recreation areas residential streets and transport systems There were some things that stuck out of chapter 2 Travis Hirschis presentation of crime as not asking Why did such a terrible person do that awful thing but instead Why doesnt everybody engage in crime Hirschi argues that crime needs no special motivation that it results from an absence of controls to prevent it Another answer was also given to the question it states that everyday life delivers temptations unevenly and that crime is committed mainly by people who are tempted more and controlled less Hirschis comments interest me very much If I were studying crime the first question that I would want answered would be how can someone do such an awful thing and why would they want to do it However looking at crime under Hirschis perspective makes sense and is a very interesting concept but to me his question is a little different from my perspective Felson looks at some different presences temptations and controls in chapter 2 Two that stick out to me are parental presence
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