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Lecture 9

CRM 1301 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Opiate, Bhopal Disaster, Economic Determinism

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CRM 1301
Carolyn Gordon

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Julia Quast
CRM 1301 C
February 15th, 2017
Marxist Criminology Notes Continued
Critical Theorist:
- Thinks outside the system
- Questions tradition and status quo
Conflict Theorist:
- Thinks the system is unjust
Macro Approach:
- Society at large
Two Types of Consciousness: Class v. False
- Self-awareness of a social class and its capacity to act in its own rational interests
- Workers, employees do not have class consciousness
- Proletariats (workers, etc.) have succumbed to ruling class ideology
- EmployERS are the individuals with class consciousness
- inability to see clearly where one’s own best interests lie
- dominant ideologists
“Religion is the opiate for the masses” what Marx believes:
- like a drug
- creates illusions for the poor, provides a distraction
- doesn’t fix problems, creates a temporary curtain
- Religion = false consciousness
Marxism and Crime: Capitalist values cause crime
1. Competition:
- Capitalism
- Owners = fighting for more
- Workers = fighting for work
2. Consumerism:
- Everybody wants more
3. Greed:
- We think we need these things, that we cannot live without them
4. Individualism/Egoism:
- Looking out for ourselves only
- Rooted in capitalist society
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