Marxist Explanations of Crime and Deviance

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1. What did Chambliss note about the classes and crime?

  • P.E class leads to crime but art does not!
  • All classes commit crime, w/c can only commit street crime (Mugging, prositution), while m/c class commit fraud etc
  • No classes commit crime, w/c can only commit street crime (Mugging, prositution), while m/c class commit fraud etc
  • All classes commit crime, m/c can only commit street crime (Mugging, prositution), while w/c class commit fraud etc
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2. What subculture did Phil Cohen study?

  • 1970's Skinheads, argues it's symbolic reaction to decline of w/c communities, through dress
  • Fujoshi
  • 1980's Punks, argues it's symbolic reaction to decline of w/c communities, through dress
  • 1970's Mods and Rockers, argues it's symbolic reaction to decline of w/c communities, through dress

3. What is a critism of Marxism in general?

  • Bad at Mario!
  • Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers no way of dealing with this crime
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true
  • Capitalism doesn't always have high crime rates, Switzerland doesn't

4. How does law enforcement favour the powerful?

  • Crimes of the powerful ignored such as corporate and occupational crime, tend to be less visible than street crime
  • Through agencies (Education, media, religion), hegemony, false class concsciousness
  • Such laws not needed in feudal society, land main source of wealth
  • Prawncocktail! wait...you did say flavour right?

5. How do Left Realists criticise Marxism?

  • They love rightness too much!
  • Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers no way of dealing with this crime
  • It's true that corporate crime is rarely policed or punished
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true

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