AQA A2 Sociology Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance - Left Realism

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Left Realism

YoungCrime effects disadvantages groups such as;

  • Elderly
  • Unemployed
  • Ethnic minorities

Causes of crime;

Relative Deprivation

  • Lea and Young - Relatively deprived people feel resentment and so resort to crime, media makes people aware of what they haven't got
  • Relative deprivation + Individualism = Crime (Individualism = breakdown of community)


  • Groups response to relative deprivation, bridging the gaps in society


  •  edges of society, powerless unemployed = frustration and resentment of the powerful 
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Left Realism


  • Crime increased in economic boom 1970, 50-60 crime was low 
  •  ( Job insecurity and instablity =crime) 

Tackling crime - Kinsey et al

  • More people need to be involved in policing the neighbourhood. Police lost support through military style policing 

Tackle structural causes of crime

  • Poverty, poor housing, job crisis, tolorence towards minorities

New labour - Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime


  • Marxism - Ignoes corporate crime
  • Interactionists - does not explain motivation for crime
  • Right realists - Blame lack of self control 
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