How Does the Concept of Social Harm and Understanding Relations of Power Aid Our Understanding of the Complexities of Crime? Essay

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HOW DOES THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL HARM AND UNDERSTANDING RELATIONS OF POWER AID OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF CRIME? The concept of crime differs greatly between societies and social groups and locally and globally. The influence governments have along with corporations and individuals who are powerful enough to exercise their power, enabling differing concepts of crime to increase and to interpret crime according to laws implemented by those in these powerful positions. Criminal justice also varies within different nation states. In exploring the complexities of crime, it is important to highlight that power protection and immunisation for those who have caused harm to the people in our societies. Holding individuals, companies and governments accountable for their actions, takes a diverse meaning to those who have no influence in the decision making process. The following essay looks at and explores the complex ways in which crime appears to provide a façade for everyday harms faced by society, including injuries in the work, cybercrime that can cause harm by exploiting vulnerable people and offering anonymity to the offenders, human rights abuses, corporate crime and also exploring inner city strategies that benefit those in power. People are faced with issues of crime and violence appear daily globally via the media daily and issues of global conflicts are one of the main scenes we all see like the war in Afghanistan and Iraq and even riots as in Indonesia (Muncie, Talbot and Walters,2009 p.20) or even closer to home in London last year. Years of human rights abuses has seen the emergence of people willing to stand up for their rights to governments to have their voices heard. An example of this can be seen in Libya, Gambia and India where activists have been arrested by their governments for advocating free speech (Muncie et al p. 20). In

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