- 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…