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NCJ Number: 76522 Find in a Library
Title: Dialectics of Crime Control (From Crime and Capitalism, P 209-254, 1981, David F Greenberg, ed. - See NCJ-76520)
Author(s): D Humphries; D F Greenberg
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: Mayfield Publishing Co
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Sale Source: Mayfield Publishing Co
285 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Socioeconomic influences on crime control ideology are investigated historically from a Marxist perspective, changes in capitalist production approaches are compared to changes in capitalist production approaches are compared to changes in control mechanisms, and frameworks for crime control theory are described.
Abstract: Crime control tactics are influenced by a combination of factors including capitalist production methods and attendant labor force requirements, class needs and interests, and the interests of cross-class groups. The history of the criminalization of activities and the development of control mechanisms indicates that a Marxist perspective devoted solely to the consideration of class as a motivator for development and of control mechanisms as a tool for controlling the activities of workers is inadequate. Although these factors are important considerations, the desire of the working class to protect itself, the rise of groups which cross class lines during periods when class consciousness has been weak, and the aggregate interests of individuals are also important, as recognized by Marxist theory. Systems and agency theories of the development of crime control mechanisms are also briefly reviewed. Notes and about 135 references are included.
Index Term(s): Crime control theory; Law enforcement; Marxism; Social change; Social classes; Social control theory
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