W.E.B. Du Bois as a Conflict Theorist One of the most contentious debates in sociology regards the nature of Deviance. One of the theories about the nature of Deviance is conflict theory. According to Lanier and Henry (2010), In Marxist conflict theory, the Definition of crime focuses on the conflicts that arise in capitalist society. Crime is rooted in the vast differences of wealth and power associated with class divisions. (p. 34) In this sense Deviance and criminality is class based. The upper classes in this sense use their power and wealth to define what is normal and legal. The lower classes as a result become the deviant and the criminal. W.E.B. Du Bois W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar in the late nineteenth early and twentieth century...The end:
.....n example of a conflict theorist. He was well known for doing research on social conditions within African American communities. His research indicated that criminality in Africa American communities was the result of social and class structural factors that denied opportunities to African Americans. As a result they were more likely to engage in criminal behaviour. This is why W.E.B. Du Bois is considered a conflict theorist. Works Cited Du Bois, W. E. B. (2010). The Philadelphia Negro. New York: Cosimo, Inc. Gabbidon, S. L. (2007). W.E.B. Du Bois on crime and justice: Laying the foundations of sociological criminology. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Company. Lanier, M. & Henry, S. (2010). Essential criminology. Westview Press.