Left Realist view of Crime & Deviance - Detailed notes.

Detailed notes on the Left Realist view of Crime & Deviance, including:

  • Into to Left Realism & their views
  • Explaining Crime - Lea & Young (1984)
  • Tackling Crime - Kinsey et al (1986) & Young (1992,1997)
  • Understanding Crime - The 'square of crime'
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Left Realism.
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Left Realist view of Crime & Deviance

Like Marxists, Left Realists accept that structural inequalities and perceptions
of injustice are the major causes of crime
Through victim surveys, they found that the sort of crime that worries people
most is street crime…

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o They feel a general sense of resentment which can lead to them taking
to the streets and rioting


Tacking Crime

Left Realists develop practical policies to tackle crime. For example, they see better
and more democratic policing as central to reducing…

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Understanding crime

Left Realists believe that crime can only be understood in terms of the relationship
between the four elements in the `square of crime', as shown in the diagram below.

State Informal
Control




Crime




Offender Victim

State/formal social control:
o These…

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The offenders
o Why do they choose to offend? Are they marginalised or relatively
deprived?
o Offenders choose to commit crimes ­ to what extent are they driven to
it by outside forces?

Strengths of Left Realism

It explains the social causes…

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