9 pages in length. Theoretical frameworks exist in order to better quantify the reasons why humans exhibit certain behaviors under certain circumstances. The extent to which such theories serve to explain – and therefore establish appropriate methodology of approach for – these behaviors is both grand and far-reaching; that conflict theory provides a better understanding between the elements of race and crime speaks to how competition and inequitable distribution of norms and values play a significant role in why race and crime are correlated. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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therefore establish appropriate methodology of approach these behaviors is both grand and far-reaching; that conflict theory provides a better understanding between the elements of race and crime speaks
to how competition and inequitable distribution of norms and values play a significant role in why race and crime are correlated. II. CONFLICT THEORY AND CRIME
Sociologist Max Weber had much to say with regard to social class, race and inequitable distribution throughout society, claiming that minorities - of either a national
or religious persuasion - who are cast into a subordinate role under the command of social class leaders are much less likely to attain the same economic opportunities as their
racially superior counterparts and, therefore, are summarily thrust into a cyclical reality of crime. Social theorists like Weber (2001) who support the conflict
theory contend that law exists for no other reason than to control and manipulate the masses, with the ruling classes employing the entire legal structure for their own benefit.
According to Webers (2001) classical perspective, the implementation of law upon an otherwise homogenous society has created conflict where it once did not exist, most often between the races.
His claim asserts that certain populations (privileged race) have historically been in control of said laws, leaving the vast majority (disadvantaged races) to follow in the minoritys lead. Webers
(2001) theory further states that radical thought and the comprehension of law must go hand in hand if one is to truly understand how dominating the current legal system actually
is. The fundamental basis upon which Webers (2001) stance on crime is founded illustrates how: * Acts are defined as criminal because it is in the interests of