Marxist Explanations of Crime and Deviance

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

  • 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
  • Supports ruling class interests, Maintains ruling class power, Coerce and control the subject class
  • 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
  • Earth,wind, water, fire and darkness
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2. Which Neo-Marxists see working class deviant subcultures?

  • Phil Cohen - Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers no way of dealing with this crime
  • The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) - As a form of ideological resistance to the dominant adult value system shaped by middle class and capitalist values
  • The Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS) - As a form of ideological resistance to the dominant youth value system shaped by upper class and ccommunist values
  • Neo magazine

3. Who notes something about capitalism and crime?

  • A notepad named Paddy
  • A large number of crimes dealing with money in capitalist societies
  • Mannheim - A large number of crimes dealing with property in capitalist societies
  • A large number of crimes dealing with factories in capitalist societies

4. What did Chambliss say about Mannheim?

  • Mannheim is tots after mah man!
  • Such laws not needed in feudal society, land main source of wealth
  • A large number of crimes dealing with factories in capitalist societies
  • A large number of crimes dealing with property in capitalist societies

5. Who developed a Marxist theory of crime?

  • Mannheim and Snider
  • Bonger and Chambliss
  • Karl Marx
  • Ivan Braginski

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