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Conflict Theory--6.22

Conflict Theory--6.22 - o Instrumentalists argue that the...

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Conflict Theory Macro-level Theory with Marxist roots o The strain that exists for people in lower classes to reach goals that upper classes have. Haves = Bourgeoisie Have-nots = Proletariats Laws and Bourgeoisie Interests o Reflect the interest of those that are writing the laws, which in turns keeps the Proletariats down. o Law makers make laws that are more beneficial to them and not to others. o Proletariats are the workers; if they lose their job or go on strike then they don’t have money, and may turn to crime. Role of Ideology (and co-option of MC) o The middle class’s interests aren’t served as well as the upper class. “If I work hard enough I can be Oprah Winfrey.” Structuralism vs. Instrumentalism o Structuralists argue that the very structure of our economy, no matter who the rulers and people are, will continue to serve the interest of the people. People don’t matter—everything will be run the same no matter who’s in charge.
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Unformatted text preview: o Instrumentalists argue that the people and the way in which they operate can be instrumental in changing things. It matters who runs the government—if we get people in office who are closer to the middle class, we’ll see changes. More conservative and see possibilities within the structure of society. • Crime o Richard Quinney—Realistic instrumentalist 2 primary categories of crime: • 1) Crimes of Domination and Repression o Control Crimes Police brutality o Government Crimes CIA corruption Crooked politicians o Economic Domination Crimes Losing jobs o Social Injury Crimes Racism, sexism, ageism. • 2) Accommodation and Resistances —(Proletariats’ response to inequality) o Predatory Crimes Living off of other people • Robbery, car theft, stealing from others. o Personal Crimes Committed by poor people against poor people. • Murder, assault. o Resistance Crimes...
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