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Critiques of Classical Theory

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Transcript of Critiques of Classical Theory

The
Critiques

Basics
Power comes from ownership

Structural contradictions = conflict

Alienation through exploitation



Assumptions
Human Behavior
1. Free will, 2. Hedonism, 3. Rationality

Social Context
1. Rights are protected
2. Everyone enters the social contract

Enforcement -
Punishment

Central Conflict
Rights of individuals
- verses -
A state's obligation
to exercise social control
Criminology, Week 1
Critiques
The Classic
School

Law protects the powerful/wealthy and further suppresses workers

Law legitimizes capitalistic systems

Law maintains the status quo





Old School
(18th Century Europe)

Classic School
(Beccaria)
Ex-post facto legislation

Cruel & unusual punishment


Innocent until proven guilty
Written and accessible criminal law
Arbitrarily enforced rules (high levels of discretion)
Law is applied equally to all people
(classical reforms will only achieve justice once society is equal)
Marxism & Crime
Legal Financial Obligations
Too Big to Jail
Marxist
- class inequality

Feminist
- gender inequality

Critical Race Theory
-
racial/ethnic inequality
http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/y4dryo/priorities-usa---too-big-to-jail
INTRODUCTIONS

On your index card tell me...

1. Your 'UW' name

2. Your preferred name (or pronunciation)

3. One current crime-related issue that interests you

4. One thing you hope to take away from this class
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