Discipline: Sociology

Type of Paper: Coursework

Academic Level: High school

Paper Format: APA

Pages: 3 Words: 825


There will be three pages. Each page about something different. Read the descriptions please !!
Wachi, T. et al. Offender and Crime Characteristics of Female Serial Arsonists in Japan
The article published by Taeko Wachi et al. is a unique one since it provides a perspective not explored before. Arson is a serious form of crime. Serial arsonists are not as common as we think. However, Japan has shown a unique tendency towards this form of crime. Only on July 18, 2019, 36 people died in Kyoto at the Kyoto Animation Studio, as a result of intentional arson done by Shinji Aoba. This incident is considered as one of the deadliest massacres in Japan since World War II. Why does Japan have such a fascination with this form of crime?

According to the article, the most significant empirical study on Japanese serial arson was conducted in 1997 by Tamura and Suzuki, using solved arson cases from 1989-1995. However, the classification was done based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation typology. Nevertheless, it showed the existence of different typologies of arsonists in Japan.

After reading the article, please answer one of the questions:

1. According to the authors, how many types of female serial arsonists are in Japan and how are they different?

2. According to the authors, how has the criminal/psychological profile of (serial) arsonists has changed over the years?

3. The authors came up with three hypotheses for the study. What did they conclude?

Again, choose only one question and answer.
Although this paper was published in 2008, it remains an important one in the field of Asian Organized Crime research. By reading the paper, you will be able to familiarize yourself with some of the biggest players in the field (organizations and researchers).

After reading the article, please answer one of the following questions:

1. How has the role of ASEAN changed over the years?

2. According to the authors, is organized crime in Asia different from the West? What are some of the key factors that make it different or similar?

3. According to the authors, why is it hard to study or analyze organized crime in Asia?

4. According to the authors, what is the reason behind the scholarly neglect of white-collar crime in Japan?

5. According to Hua-Lun Huang, in the last four decades, what have been the two fundamental weaknesses of theories of gang activities?

6. What is the new category of criminal organizations that operate in cyberspace identified by Raymond Choo and Russell Smith?

7. According to the authors, What have been some of the countermeasures taken in recent years?

Again, choose one of the questions and elaborate. I have provided various questions in order for you to focus on what you have a particular interest.
In the second week, we touched a bit on various difficulties that might arise when doing comparative research. We looked in detail as to how comparative research is done. We analyzed the possibility of doing comparative research between the U.S. and an Asian country of your choice. The article for this week was written by Mark Shaw, Jan van Dijk, and Wolfgang Rhomberg, all very well known experts in the field, and they go in more detail into analyzing trends.

After reading the article, please provide answers to one of the following questions:

1. What are some of the challenges described by the authors?

2. What are some of the conclusions that they made?

3. Why did the authors put the expression by Albert Einstein "Not everything that can be counted, counts. And not everything that counts can be counted" in the article?

Again, choose one question and develop.