Radical Criminology

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  • Criticises Orthodox Criminology.
  • Orthodox criminology is: A) wrong, as it does not produce adequate explanations of crime/deviance, B) misconceived, as it sees crime as a social problem.
  • Main ideas:
  • Criminal Behaviour has a structured origin: Behaviour is rooted in the way in which societies are organised at the institutional level.
  • Interactionist theories: The idea that people have an element of choice in relation to their behaviour.
  • Major Dimensions:
  • Objection dimension: Understanding the origin and purpose of the creation of laws.
  • Ruling class: 1. Create laws to serve their basic interests. 2. Exercise a dominating influence over all classes in society.
  • This criticises the functionalists, as laws have the appearance of being in…


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