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Outline and assess Interactionist theories of crime.

Since the 1950s, a group of sociologists called Interactionists have questioned the positivist
idea that those who commit crime are different from those who do not. The positivist
theory suggested that people were controlled by society and had little control over their

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described this campaign as a `moral crusade', a term sociologists use to describe
movements to pass laws. However, Marxist writers would criticise this idea, as it suggests
that all laws are passed as a result of intervention by moral entrepreneurs. If this is true,
then why do some groups succeed…


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