Marxist Explanations of Crime and Deviance

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1. What are the five key elements of Marxist stance on crime?

  • Earth,wind, water, fire and darkness
  • Supports ruling class interests, Maintains ruling class power, Coerce and control the subject class
  • Law benefits ruling class, Ruling class impose values, Law enforcement favours powerful, Crime rational response to inequal capitalist society, Selective enforcement of law takes away from unfair nature of society
  • Law benefits proletariat, proletariat impose values, Law enforcement favours weak, Crime irrational response to equal communist society, Selective enforcement of law takes away from fair nature of society
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2. How does the law benefit the ruling class?

  • All structural systems exist to maintain power of Bourgeoisie, agents of social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • Criminal justice system exists to maintain power of Bourgeoisie, agents of social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • Criminal justice system exists to test the power of Bourgeoisie, agents of Informal social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • Three day trials make corruption easy! ;)

3. What is a positive evaluation point of Marxism?

  • Got nice hair!
  • It's true that corporate crime is rarely policed or punished
  • Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers lots of ways of dealing with this crime
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true

4. Who says subcultures as a form of resisitence as a 'illlusion'?

  • Scraton - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation
  • The guy down the road Steve!
  • Brake - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation
  • Phill Cohen - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation

5. How do Feminists criticise Marxism?

  • They ignore importance of patriachary, too much emphaise on class conflict
  • They assume communism would eradicate crime, not true in Soviet Union
  • Jones notes capitalism doesn't always have high crime rates, Switzerland doesn't
  • Loudly like a Loudred

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