Memo #2 PDF

Memo #2 PDF - Villalobos, Anabel Memo #2 In sociology,...

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Memo #2 In sociology, there are three main theoretical perspectives that explain society. The conflict perspective argues that in the U.S, there exists a system of stratification in which people in power are in much better position to maintain power and those at the lower strata are oppressed or being held from moving up. In other words, society is a continuous struggle of those with authority and those without authority. The conflict perspective approaches the idea that deviants are results of superiority and inferiority in the cultures and races. They think that deviance is a result of racial conflicts. In other words, the higher the class, there are less chances of deviance. The social construction of deviance reflects power imbalances. For example, in reporting and tracking crimes, one is able to see the differences in races and thus, class structure. White- collar crimes are mostly committed by individuals in higher social classes. Some white-collar crimes are tax evasion, healthcare fraud, credit card fraud and so forth. In fact, crimes may be found in the FBI database. However, there are no clear statistics or data on white-collar crime, as compared to other types of crime. White collar crimes are given much less emphasis in the U.S. Those that commit this type of crime are correlated with higher education. Because it is harder to attain a higher education, it is often related to those with high income and thus, at the top of the U.S class structure. Although it may be difficult to track white collar crimes, it also means that because people at higher levels in the social strata commit them, then there has not been much attention on these crimes. Crime, a type of deviant behavior, demonstrates that its social construction in the U.S. tends to favor the affluent while punishing the less affluent.
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course ECON 25 taught by Professor Shirey during the Spring '11 term at UC Irvine.

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Memo #2 PDF - Villalobos, Anabel Memo #2 In sociology,...

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