Marxism: Capitalism and Punishment

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What is the function of punishment for Marxists?
To maintain the existing social order. It is a means of defending ruling class property against the lower classes
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In what two ways does punishment benefit the mode of production ?
1)Capitalism puts a price on the workers time, so too prisoners 'do time' to 'pay for their crime' 2)Prison and the capitalist factory both have a similar strict disciplinary style, involving the subordination of liberty
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How is punishment ideological?
The form of punishment reflects the economic base of society. Each economy has it's own corresponding penal system
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Give an example of punishment reflecting the economic base of society
Money fines are impossible without a money economy. They argue that under capitalism, imprisonment becomes the dominant form of punishment because the capitalist economy is based on the exploitation of wage labour
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In what two ways does punishment benefit the mode of production ?

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1)Capitalism puts a price on the workers time, so too prisoners 'do time' to 'pay for their crime' 2)Prison and the capitalist factory both have a similar strict disciplinary style, involving the subordination of liberty

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