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Traditional Marxist approaches


From a Marxist approach crime and deviance in western society can only be understood in
terms of capitalism and the class struggle. Coercion and conflict are seen as the key features
of capitalist society in contrast to functionalism emphasis on consensus and integration,
Marxism sees the structures…

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The law is enforced selectively there is a systematic bias in favour of those at the top. The
crimes of the powerful such as corporate crime e.g. failure to pay business taxes if
discovered is rarely prosecuted, by comparison those at the bottom of the class system if
caught are…

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