Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Conflict Theory (Short Note)
Why is certain behaviour evaluated as deviant while other behaviour is not? According to conflict theorists, it is the cause people with power protect their own interests and define deviance to suit their own needs.
Sociologists Richard Quinney is a leading exponent of the view that the criminal justice system serves the interests of the powerful. Crime, according to Quinney, is a definition of human conduct created by authorized agents of social control—such as legislators and law enforcement officials—in a politically organized society. He and other conflict theorists argue that lawmaking is often an attempt by the powerful to coerce others into their own morality.
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