Criminology and Chaos Theory

Criminology and Chaos Theory

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Based on previous theories and investigations it has been suggested that using mathematical calculations, we can determine criminology behaviorally. With the use of non-linear applications, we can apply these to our current laws. Our laws are a set structure, in which we use to hold our society as a whole to, and use to judge those that do not adhere to this structure. Deviations from this order can be seen as non-linear, in that they stray from the set standards.

Human behavior requires both halves, of deviation and innocence in order to survive. It is the basis of the yin and yang. But we do not fully understand why there is a need or how to identify the criminal behavior in certain people.

I would like to determine if there are patterns in behavior that show a likelihood of a deviation from some and a likelihood of obedience from others.

Young’s paper on Chaos Theory and Social Dynamics focuses on the social behavioral sciences as a source of social disorder. It starts with the analysis of the traditional assumption that there is only one true way to organize people through religion. The paper attempts to describe the uses of technology and the evolution of disregarding religious laws and dedicating our focus on finding social solutions that benefit all of us, regardless of religious preference by use of scientific analysis. By disregarding previous beliefs and referring to them as primitive and out dated, this shows the evolution from God fearing nation, to a Justice is blind motto.

The Fractal Dimensions of policing focuses on the natural dependency of criminal deviants from normal society, as a needed and natural process. This article explains that the criminal and victim is apart of our society, but that it is still difficult to determine what circumstances decide who becomes the victim and who is more likely to have a criminal nature. It shows that through using calculations based on chaos theory, police calls can determine these situations and who are more likely to have criminal tendencies. The technique they use also brings into question the usage of our current criminal justice system and how effective it really is.

This article focuses on the use of psychology with law and how the two can be depended upon in an effort to understand why criminology exists. The article also questions whether it can be prevented or more easily discovered. It also explains when the use of psychological help is needed and can be used in place of incarceration which leads many to believe that psychological influence can be held responsible for a lack of justice. It is a meal ticket that allows a person a way out of being held for their actions. So the law in an effort to be fair to those  that truly are in need of psychological help, and those who want to escape punishment, has come up with a way of determining who is real and who is ‘faking’.

This article takes the psychological aspect of criminology a bit further than the previous article, by examining whether it is humane to take those that are severely mentally disturbed and confine them. Whether it is a legal right to take the freedom and decisions making away from those that have proven to be dangerous to themselves as well as others. It is also questioned whether this is constitutional or not. The main theories are that it isn’t a way to protect society, but that it is a means of controlling. Or that perhaps it is both. Regardless the theory has allowed our justice system to decide on a process in which we determine how dangerous those suffering from mental illnesses are to society, by providing a tedious testing system.

This paper attempts to examine a new way of thinking and addressing the Justice system by means of abandoning modernism and socialist discourses. It explains that our current social change shows that we are moving towards a more positive way of thinking and addressing our criminology. The writer believes that intellectual despair, industrialism, and an abandonment of philosophical tradition have led us to achieve a greater state of justice. According to the article humanity is a concept and that we have created justice and truth as a way of defining ourselves and power, that we define crime as a social harm.

The main boundary is whether as a society or researcher, do we have a right to invade other’s privacy in such a way. Is institutionalizing an individual wrong for the individual or right for the rest of society and are we invading their rights by saying they do have a criminal tendency? Would basing other individual behaviors on people who have yet to break any laws, truly justice?

I believe there is a limit to what a organization has a right to, or right to invade into the personal lives of those it is supposed to protect. But I also cannot deny the patterns displayed in behavior and mental illness that there are tendencies available to alert of an impending problem. The real struggle is to determine where to draw the line, information gathering verses privacy.

In conclusion it can be determined that the continuous use of qualitative calculations, we can better understand the criminal mind and how to identify it before there are victims. But with this acquired technique, we must also decide the morality that is implied. As a society and Justice system it must be decided if we should do this, once we have the ability to do so. But the answer to that will develop in time, with the technique.


Works Sited List

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Arvind Verma, The Fractal Dimension of Policing.Elsevier Science Ltd. 1998. <>.
Christopher R. Williams & Bruce A. Arrigo, Law, Psychology, and Justice: Chaos Theory and the New Disorder. 2001.
Bruce A. Arrigo, Christopher R. Williams, Chaos theory and the social control thesis: a post-Foucauldian analysis of mental illness and involuntary civil confinement. ; Social Justice, Vol. 26, 1999.
Anthony Thomson, Post-Modernism and Social Justice, Acadia University, June 1997.


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