Larceny: A Radical Analysis
Society is an ever-changing ideological structure that is continually constructed and reconstructed through attempts to maintain and challenge existing forms of power relationships, namely that of the minority of those who control the means of production (the Bourgeoisie—upper class) and the majority of those who do not (the Proletariat—working class). Essentially, society is perpetuated by fundamental inequalities and conflicts of interest, as well as class struggles and conflicting ideologies, the more dominant of which is defined by the Bourgeoisie. Inevitably, social relationships are the basis upon which the production of the basic means of human existence is held. Accordingly, wealth is created by the Proletariat and discreetly appropriated in the form of profits by the Bourgeoisie. Perhaps the most obvious questions raised by the dynamics of society are why do the Proletariat tolerate such conditions and how does society not detonate into civil war? The answer lies in the idea that the Bourgeoisie, in some surreptitious manner, manipulate the Proletariat’s perception of the social world and falsely convince them to believe that the economic system is based upon freedom, fairness, and equality—essentially democratic ideals. It can be deduced, therefore, that the ideology of the ruling class is the primary influence on politics, and consequently on such areas of study as crime and deviance.