Sneetches and Turtles and Whos? You're Leery? Be Happy and Cheery, My Doubting Deary! Dr. Seuss Helps You Teach Crime Theory!

Angela West, University of Louisville

Although it is fairly well known that Theodore Geisel ("Dr. Seuss") often used his art and storytelling as political and social commentary, no one has attempted to interpret his work through the lens of criminological theory. This paper argues that seveal of his "children's" stories can be pedagogical aids in teaching the basic principles of many criminological theories. Several classic Seuss works are used to illustrate his subtle, but powerful commentary on the creation and application of laws, the impact of social stratification, the pervasive and dangerous influence of social and political power derived from economic power, and the nature of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation.

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Updated 05/20/2006