Classic Marxism Explanations of Crime

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Classic Marxist theorists acknowledge crime and deviance amongst the working class. However, they argue that crime committed by the ruling class and corporations is severly underepresented in statistics and is underemphasised.

Chambliss and Mankoff

Laws serve to keep the working class away from property and the land of the rich. The bourgeoisie use the law to carry out capitalist exploitation on the working class to achieve this.


Even laws that are supposed to protect the working class (e.g. health and safety) actually benefit the ruling class. Without healthy workers, no profits can be made.


People are taught to accept the rules and values of the ruling class through a process known as 'hegemony' - by where the norms and and…


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