The Conflict Theory of Deviance

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The Conflict Theory of Deviance Conflict theorists focus on the social and economic structures that produce "deviance," such as inequalities in wealth, power, and privilege. Conflict theorists argue that: 1) Powerful economic interest groups (e.g., the "haves") are able to get laws passed that protect their own interests. Laws and powerful social rules have an inherent class bias -- the poor and disadvantaged are systematically discriminated against through laws and public policies. Laws and policies are also used to control potentially dissident groups. 2) The administration and enforcement of laws are also characterized by class (and racial) biases. According to conflict theorists, the government serves primarily as a
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Unformatted text preview: tool of the ruling class and operates above all to protect their interests. 3) The key source of deviance is the structure of society , particularly its economic structure. Thus, in order to address and effectively "resolve" the problems of deviance, you need to transform American society. For example, you need to eliminate inequalities, redistribute wealth, and create more just laws. *Key difference of conflict theory vs. other theories -- Conflict theory emphasizes the illegal and socially harmful behavior engaged in by political and economic elites (or the "haves")....
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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