SOC 1500 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Herbert Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism, Left Realism

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Believe people are active in shaping own world (cid:862)reality(cid:863) de(cid:448)eloped through interactions (cid:449)ith other. Humans act towards things in basis if meanings they ascribe those things. Meanings come from social interaction one has with others. Meanings change as we try to make sense of the things we encounter. React to things based on meaning we give to those things. Marx argued that capitolsim would inevitably produce internal tension that would lead to its own destruction. Emphasizes social, political and economic inequality between social groups socialist. Focused on conflict between powerful and less powerful classes. Criminologist should focus on rule makers, not just rule breakers. State secures and maintain the interests of economic elites. Wealth people in society make laws not the working class. Two main causes of working class street crime: relative deprivation. Comparing classes and seeing they are not being treated the same. Victims can choose to take action or not.

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