Timmer's Definition of Law

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Timmer’s Definition of Crime “A definition of crime represents the legal conditions under which the state, as an instrument of an economically dominant class, exercises its power to punish.” I feel that the state maintains the capitalist order through laws. Primarily, control is done through the governing of consciousness of the population. The ruling class gives rise to their own ideology to protect themselves. Capitalism’s most subtle means of control is to try and manipulate the minds of the people. They try to dictate the future through the people’s thinking and overall living. This type of dictatorship is cultural, psychological, economic and political. When an existing order becomes threatened, the focus on crime rises.…show more content…
E., Bridges, G. S., & Weis, J. G. 2008). Punishment is based on deterrence and is aimed at providing the greatest happiness for all of society without harming oneself or others. During the Great Depression rapid social change led to social disorganization that led to personal disorganization, which in turn lead to deviant and criminal behavior (Crutchfield, R. D. 2008). Social control was broken because of class differences, economic problems, cultural and ethnic issues. Crime rates can be reduced by states from necessary laws and solutions to social problems. Due to crimes many people have been killed, some have been harmed by other people. The states and the laws they are governed by are there to protect individuals from harm by other individuals. To the extent that states go to try and combat crime can, at times, be seen as going a bit too far in possessing the power that needs to be shown and enacted on when a person does commit a crime (Örmeci, Ozan 2011). There has to be order in our society, but to what extent, is a person’s dignity and integrity put at risk or harmed. “Under capitalist social relations, direct political force is not necessary for the maintenance of economic exploitation: it is sufficient for the state as a force standing above society to guarantee that all members of society behave like owners of private property. However, the state must be a discrete, independent force, since it has to compel all members of society to

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