Poverty and Social Inequality


Crime and Social Class

Stratification- 'Working Class': skilled, unskilled- 'Middle Class': lower, upper- 'Upper Class': 'over/ruling class'

 People act according to their relationships with the people around them, and the resources that are available to them.

Left idealism- Conflict- between the state and the offender; crime as a social construct

Left realism- The 'square of crime'- offenders, victims, the public and the state; crime is real- and has real effects

Positivist approach... the nature of the crime is within the offender and


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