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Theory of Fear

Group Presentations on Social Theory
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Meaghann Mellen

on 17 May 2011

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Transcript of Theory of Fear

What solutions will the Conflict Theory seek? Conflict Theory: Crime and Deviance What is the conflict Theory? : a Marxist-based social theory which argues that individuals and groups (social classes) within society have differing amounts of material and non-material resources (wealthy vs. poor) and that the more powerful groups use their power in order to exploit groups with less power. Conflict Theory vs. Post-Modernism

Habermas believed that
knowledge vs. religion
was a conflict... Crime and deviance are the perceived outcome when an oppressed group violates the interests and norms of the group in power. Marx related the conflict theory to a capitalist society. Effects? The conflict theory, the oppressed class is always at a disadvantage because it cannot access the resources it needs. History:
Karl Marx related conflict theory to capitalist society. Marxist conflict theory links crime activities that threaten the wealthy class. How to Apply Conflict Theory to Culture:
-Society is comprised of various groups w. competing interests
-In this theoratical model, groups work to further their own interests while undermining the interests of other goups
-conflict theorists usually believe that poverty and crime are caused by economic and social factors rather than by innate character flaws such as deviance.
-in order to apply the conflict theory to culture it is important to understand the differing groups that make up society and how conflicting interest can create inequality. Significance: Conflict Theory is significant because it introduces the idea that crime is a function of opression. The norms & values of the powerful dictate the definition of crime & the appropriate punishment. -An approach in which sociologists use to explain deviance within a society.
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