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Define the terms victimization and victimology. Compare and contrast both by discussing how they contribute to the study of criminology. Select one criminological theory that focuses upon victims of crime and explain the concepts of that theory that contributes to the field of criminology and an understanding of deviance.

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As you briefly define the terms victimization, research shows that it "is an asymmetrical interpersonal relationship that is abusive, painful, destructive, parasitical, and unfair. While a crime is in progress, offenders temporarily force their victims to play roles (almost as if following a script) that mimic the dynamics between predator and prey, winner and loser, victor and vanquished, and even
master and slave" (http://www.monroecollege.edu/AcademicResources/ebooks/99298_01_ch01_p001-029_pp2_mts.pdf).

Likewise, scholars define victimology as "the scientific study of the physical, emotional, and financial harm people suffer
because of illegal activities. Victimologists first and foremost investigate the victims' plight: the impact of the injuries and losses inflicted by offenders on the people they target" (http://www.monroecollege.edu/AcademicResources/ebooks/99298_01_ch01_p001-029_pp2_mts.pdf).

Both terms are vital to the overall study of criminology since they target holistic as well as interdisciplinary connections from a myriad of professionals (sociologists, psychologists, social workers, doctors, ...

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500 words of references are briefly offered to summarize and define the terms, victimization and victimology. It also compares and contrasts both by discussing how they contribute to the study of criminology. It also briefly selects one criminological theory that focuses upon victims of crime and explains the concepts of that theory that contribute to the field of criminology and an understanding of deviance.

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