Neo-Marxism: Critical Criminology

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Neo-Marxists, Taylor, Walton and Young agree with traditional Marxist views that:

  • Capitalism is based on inequality and exploitation. This is the key to understanding crime.
  • The state makes and enforces laws in the interests of capitalism and criminalises the working class.
  • Capitalism should be replaced by a classless society, which would massively reduce crime.

However, Taylor et al criticise traditional marxism for its deterministic view e.g. it sees workers as driven to commit crime out of economic necessity. They reject this view, along with other theories that…

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