Conflict Perspectives on Deviance

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DEVIANCE AND CRIME Conflict Perspectives on Deviance Power is the central element in defining deviance—people in power use the law to protect their interests and to legitimize their behavior—according to Turk (1977), norms and laws are established solely for the benefit of people in power and have nothing to do with right and wrong—activities of workers are much more likely to be labeled “criminal” than those of the ruling class and the criminal justice system is much more focused on working-class activities--people in power create categories such as social dynamite —“persons who have been “marginalized (including rioters, labor organizers, gang members and criminals” (p. 210)—agents of social change who often take pride in their activities are try to justify them— considered to be the dangerous class and to receive heavier criminal sanctions social junk —welfare recipients, addicts, homeless and others who are “costly to society but relatively harmless.” Because they do not actively try to spread
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