Everyone does it saying that the law is injustice

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“everyone does it” saying that the law is injustice because it criminalizes something that everybody does o 5) appeal to higher loyalties “I couldn’t let my friends down I had to help them” Conflict Theories: - Conflict theory = nearly everyone would engage in deviance and crime if they could get away with it - maintain that rich and powerful members of society impose deviant and criminal labels on others their money can bail them out - Steven Spitzer (1980): said that capitalist societies are based on private ownership of property o Notes that the rich and powerful get away with crime because they have money to hire legal experts White collar crime is more apparent than street crime But they are less likely to get caught Also law is more lenient in meting out punishments for white collar crime - Social Control - Travis Hirschi developed this theory – social control theory o “social bonding” prevents us from committing crimes bonds to people, to society o crime occurs when ties to family, friends, and others weaken o types of social control: people (friends and family) don’t want to disappoint them legitimate opportunities the more you’re committed to educational path, you don’t want to mess up conventional activities so busy playing sports, church, work, etc. “idle hands are the devils workshop” conventional values strong morals/values people lacking in these four categories more likely to commit crime - 2) opportunity theory o access to illegitimate opportunities varies determines the type of crime diff people have diff opportunity guns are available everyone in the US vs. rare in Canada Feminist Contributions
SY101: Final Exam Review - women are less powerful than men - “rape” was not considered rape before - crime against women would often go un-noticed - women started to gain power and rights o social definitions of crimes against women changed as women became more powerful in society What do conflict theories of crime focus on?
What are major correlates of crime in Canada?

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