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Sociology

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Do You Have to be a Criminal to Study Crime?

Event Start DateWednesday, April 7, 2010
Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
Event Start Time5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
CostCost: Free
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The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology presents “Do you have to be a criminal to study crime?” by author and USD assistant professor of Sociology Erik Fritsvold, PhD.

Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class by Erik Fritsvold, PhD, and Rafik Mohamed, PhD, mobilizes six years of fieldwork to tell the story of fifty affluent, disproportionately white, college drug dealers.  The criminality of many of the dealers was brazen and substantial, prompting ethical considerations on the part of the researcher: when if ever does a researcher report criminal activity of those he’s studying, especially if it’s precisely the crime that is the focus of the study?

This discussion, with Fritsvold as featured panelist, will explore this question, and more about the ethics of research with criminals.

RSVP no later than April 5. For RSVP and more information, go to Ethics CenterThe program and parking are free. 

The Ethics Center is a collaboration of USD, SDSU and UCSD, and is housed in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Dorm Room Dealers: Drugs and the Privileges of Race and Class. Mohamed, A. Rafik, and Erik D. Fritsvold.  Boulder, CO:  Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-58826-667-5. 

ContactErik Fritsvold | erikf@sandiego.edu | (619) 260-4026