- Created by: Emily Uffindell
- Created on: 23-11-14 15:37
-See crime as a real and growing problem.
-Crime destroys communities/undermines social solidarity/threatens the way that society functions.
-R.R has been very influential in the UK/USA.
-For example, it's main theorist Wilson, was special adviser on crime to President Ronald Reagan.
-It has provided the justification for widely adopted policies such as 'zero tolerance,' of crime and street disorder.
-R.R views correspond closely with those of neo-conservative governments in the 1970s and 1980s.
-For example: Policy-makers agued that nothing works as criminologists have produced many definitions of why people commit crime but no solutions to stop it.
-This lead to a shift in official thinking away from the search of the causes of crime and towards how to prevent it.
-R.Rs criticise other theories for failing to offer any practical solutions to the problem of rising crime.
-Theories such as labelling and critical criminology as too sympathetic to the criminal and too hostile to the forces of law and order.
-Although their main emphasis is on practical crime reduction strategies, they do in fact offer explanation of the causes of crime.
The causes of crime:
-R.Rs reject the idea put forward by Marxists that structural or economic factors (like poverty) cause crime.
-For example: Although the old/eldery tend to be really poor, their crimes rates are low.
1. Biological differences:
Wilson and Herrnstein:
-Put forward a biosocial theory of criminal behaviour.
-They believe that crime is caused by a combination of social and biological factors.
-Biological differences between individuals mean that people are more strongly predisposed to commit crimes than others.
-For example, personality traits such as aggressiveness, riskk taking and low impulse control put some people at greater risk of offending.
-Herrnstein and Murray: Being of low intelligence is the main cause of commiting crime, which they believe to be biologically determined.
Socialisation and the underclass:
-Whilst biology may increase the chance of an individual offending, effective socialisation decreases risk as it involves learning…