Public Space and Criminal Justice
|What question did the chapter raise?
|How did the text answer this question?
|How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?
|1) What is a public space?
2) Why do we have public spaces?
3) Why should public spaces be regulated?
4) Why are homeless people “undesirables”?
5) What is being done to prevent homeless people in public places?
|1) An ideal public space is one in which every citizen feels invited to engage in a wide variety of activities with their fellows.
2) Public spaces are necessary for society to function and one to join into society, without them where would all the public protests be that changed countries for the better.
3) The annoyances in a public space can transform a neighbourhood, what may seem a minor disorder can lead to more and more problems, for example one aggressive pan handler that gets away with it quickly branches into two then four, without dealing with the problems no matter how small, you lose control.
4) Homeless people may occasionally use public spaces for deeds such as dressing and showering, drinking and other unacceptable practices in society.
5) Over the years there have been many different laws to regulate public places and law officials enforce the laws to make sure the public places are safe and nuisance free.
|1) The ideal public place in theory would be an amazing thing, but in reality there is too much discrimination in the world to have the point where everyone would feel welcome at any given place.
2) This point is extremely accurate for without a place to be able to socialize with others and meet new people, society would crumble.
3) When you deal with the problems as they arise the community stays in control, and keeping control allows it to not spiral into chaos and ultimately destroy the area.
4) Homeless people are a fairly big nuisance as some of them expect to be helped and can be fairly aggressive making for a stroll in the park to turn into a nightmare.
5) The laws passed are reasonable like no loitering in a public place i.e. Bus stop, as the benches in bus stops and exchanges can sometimes be used as a bed for homeless people. The law officials enforcing the law do a great job to keep everyone comfortable and safe while spending time in their favorite public places or just trying to get from one place to another.
What is the reading about?
This reading is about how in society we have special social groups deemed as religion. Religion is a powerful group that is only as powerful as the amount of people that follow said group. The reading contains information about how powerful religious groups have influence on the law and power of the state. Although state and religion should be separated in some occasions such as homosexuality it is not. Homosexuality tends to go against the values of religious groups as it is “not correct” to marry one of the same gender. Because the religious group’s power is so high the fight for homosexual rights is an extreme struggle that hopefully one day will reach its victory.
How I feel about the reading I just finished.
After reading this portion of the text it makes me angry that one must give up personal happiness, and conform to society because they are different in a way that is so insignificant to the lives of the rest of the people in the community just to not be shunned. I do not believe that it is right to force two people who love each other to be a part due to a gender issue. With all the controversy that has happened with the churches to deny people a life of happiness is wrong.
What do I think about the reading I just finished?
Although I think that it is ridiculous that the church can keep people separate I think that as long as religious plays one of the largest roles in society, it will be hard pressed to be able to change, even in the future, if homosexual marriage was legalized everywhere, they would still be shunned in any religious community as an un-pure couple.
What do I believe about the reading I just finished?
I believe that with a lot of work, years from now church and state can finally be completely separate, although it is claimed to be now, and people will be free to do what they want in the constraints of their personal religion and the laws society has set in place, there will still be a high amount of discrimination but at least people will be able to pursue what makes them happy without having to worry about the law.
What do I know about the reading I just finished?
I know that religion and state will never be completely separate as much as I wish to believe so, in a community that is highly religious there will always be religious views guiding the government of that community and there will always be controversies over small things like homosexual marriage.
My name is Brock, I am 19 years old. I have recently moved to B.C. from Ontario to pursue studies. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies and playing some games. I also spent a lot of time listening to music.
I graduated from a small high school called North Lambton Secondary School in Forest, Ontario. After high school I took a year off to do various volunteer work in Canada including a youth treatment centre in Labrador, which made me completely positive about pursuing Social Sciences . I am in my first year of studies and My major is Psychology, and I have always loved the study of people. I personally believe that human beings are the most intresting species on earth.
I chose to take sociology to be able to analyze and form opinions of how people are not only in a psychologist’s point of view. I believe the best way to understand is to be open to all types of views and allow them to work harmoniously together, as sociology is the study of society and the interaction of the people in it, it is a way of looking into the behavior of humans that I value highly.
My current understanding of sociology is limited to a small amount of readings on various topics, but I am very excited to be able to understand more as the semester progresses and be able to apply how society affects the individual.