SY3 -Understanding Power and Control. Understanding Crime Mrs Leigh Ashford. Objectives. Consider ways of controlling crime and deviance Consider your own perceptions of crime Consider some causes of crime. WHAT IS POWER?
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Mrs Leigh Ashford
“an individual or group has power when they are able to get what they want despite opposition from other people”
Coercion which involves the use of force. People obey because they feel that they have no choice and that they are forced to obey against their will.
Authority is exercised over us when we willingly obey an individual or a group because we see it as the right thing to do. Force is not necessary because we agree to obey.
A middle-class white boy living in a rural community is more likely to receive only a caution for a first offence than a working-class black boy living in a city.
A summary of types of theory