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Conflict Theory Notes

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 2700
Professor
Scott Brandon
Semester
Winter

Description
Conflict Theory 1. Some ideas of conflict theory • Crime is explained within economic contexts • Power struggles exist between groups • Differences in class? • Street crime & corporate crime 2. Conflict theorists study the following: • The role of government in creating a criminal society • The role of group power in shaping criminal law • Biases in the justice system: who wins/who loses • Relationship between capitalism and crime rates. 3. Position of conflict theorists • Argue against consensus model of law • Less power = easily criminalized • Law and crime are about power • Groups fight for power 4. Conflict theorists start with some questions: • Why are only some norms made into law? • Why are only some laws enforced? • Why are laws
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