Traditional Marxism


Traditional Marxism


  • Traditional Marxism offers a useful explanation of the relationship between crime and capitalist society.
  • It shows the links between law making and enforcement and the interests of the capitalist class.


  • It largely ignores the relationship between crime and important non-class inequalities such as ethnicity and gender.
  • It is too deterministic and over-predicts the amount of crime in the working class.
  • Left realists argue that Marxism focuses largely on the crimes of the powerful and ignores intra-class crimes.


The traditional Marxist view has also influenced recent approaches to the study of the crimes of the powerful.


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