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  1. Conflict Theory

  2. Conflict Theory • Economic system produces “problem populations” • Marx: MP  RP  “superstructure” • Family, religion, education, the state • Law • Reproduce & Legitimate • “Contradictions” • Reduce labor cost • Labor also consumer

  3. Conflict Theory, 2 • Who is deviant? • Threats to economic system • State involvement • Size and threat of group • Degree of organization of group • Can traditional "reproduction" help? • Alternatives available • Other/additional uses

  4. Conflict Theory, 3 • Steven Spitzer • Two problem populations • Social “junk” • Social “dynamite” • Two means of control • Administrative • Criminal/Legal

  5. “Problem Populations” & Control

  6. Fiscal Crisis of the State • Alternatives to state control • Do nothing • Conversion • Geographical segregation • Unofficial tolerance of organized crime • Privatization

  7. Evaluating Conflict Theory • Problems • Overstates class conflict • Conspiracy mentality • Strengths • Expands range of considerations • Forces debate

  8. Evaluating Conflict Theory • Important Considerations • Cause and Nature of Deviance: economic system • vs. "deviants" • Social control (like labeling) is a problem • Solution = change economic system