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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber Power and Deviance March 4, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber Power and deviance Conflict perspective: defining and punishing deviance is form of social control by “haves” against “have-nots” “Have-nots” are more likely to be labeled and punished for crime Our legal system doesn’t protect us equally from the dangers to us from rich people and poor people Reiman: Label “crime” refers not to actions that cause most misery and suffering, but primarily to dangerous actions of the poor Corporate crime: Estimated cost of white-collar crime (e.g., fraud, embezzlement) in 1997 was $338 billion (10,000 times amount stolen in bank robberies, 20 times thefts) Health care: “preventable medical errors” resulted in 98,000 deaths and 1 million injuries to hospitalized Americans and cost $29 billion Workplace safety: Reiman estimates over 30,000 annual deaths from occupational disease and hazard Jeffrey Reiman’s (2001)
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