Marxist Explanations of Crime and Deviance

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1. How does Jones criticise Marxism?

  • Capitalism doesn't always have high crime rates, Switzerland doesn't
  • They assume communism would eradicate crime, not true in Soviet Union
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true
  • For their OTP (Cookieshipping)
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2. How is crime a rational response to unequal capitalist society?

  • All structural systems exist to maintain power of Bourgeoisie, agents of social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • All values promote wealth, individualism, ownership of property, competition
  • Through agencies (Education, media, religion), hegemony, false class concsciousness
  • It isn't...unless, I do really want an Xbox...hmmm ;)

3. What do Left Realists think of the Neo-Marxist view of crime and deviance?

  • Left idealism - Most crime does help poor people, usually by and not against them, most subcultures do mean to be resisting capitalism
  • Left idealism - Most crime doesnt help poor people, usually by and against them, most subcultures don't mean to be resisting capitalism
  • Right idealism - Most crime doesnt help poor people, usually by and against them, most subcultures don't mean to be resisting capitalism
  • They think its bad but too polite to say anything!

4. What female Marxist said something about corporations?

  • Sniper - I ain't no female! Don't tell the team about this! Please!
  • Snider - State doesn't want to pass laws against pollution, worker health, etc as would lose investement oppurtunities
  • Bonger - State doesn't want to pass laws against pollution, worker health, etc as would lose investement oppurtunities
  • Mannheim - State doesn't want to pass laws against pollution, worker health, etc as would lose investement oppurtunities

5. What did Chambliss say about Mannheim?

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

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