“The great advantage of the sociological perspective, in our view, is that it requires that attention be paid to both of the fundamental features of any organized social system: people’s beliefs, values, goals – the stuff of culture – and the positions and roles that people occupy in society- what sociologists term “social structure.”… The focus on both culture and social structure, and on the interplay between them, has been an invaluable analytical tool for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of influencial explanations of crime…”
Messner and Rosenfeld
Crime and the American Dream, 1997
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. This is the kernal of why 3 murders and 20 – 30 sexual assaults against women in the Eastern Townships circa 1977 – 1980 have gone unanswered for 28 years.