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Social Conflicts The main focus of this paper is how class state and social controls within a capitalistic society lead to increased crime due to the criminal laws and criminal justice system that is forced on the lower middle class Social conflict theory is the only one out of the vast number of criminology theories that deals directly with the above-described problem From out of its roots arose a theory which challenges the way in which todays society views its legal system and the implications it has on its working class citizens The nature and purpose of social conflict theories is to examine the social controls made by the ruling class and imposed on the rest of society Some theorists say that class order has nothing to do with crime rates in society but Richard Quinney has made great strides in proving that social class has a direct connection with crime due to the social controls of a capitalist government Social conflict theory focuses mainly on why governments make and enforce rules of law and morality and then why an individual violates these laws Conflict theorists do not view those who commit deviant behavior as rebels who cant conform to social norms they show how criminal law is used as a mechanism for social change Conflict theory flourished during the widespread social and political changes of the 1960s because it challenged the legality of the governments creation as well as implication of laws designed to keep the middle class down Social Conflict Theory came out of the Marxist thought Marx believed that the character of every civilization is determined by its mode of production the way its people develop and produce material goodsSenna 226 This concept has two main components productive forces and productive relationships Productive forces include things such as technology energy resources and material resources Productive relationships are relationships between the people producing the goods and services The most important
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