Evaluation of Left Realism

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Strength
Draws on a range of theories. Marxist - importance of class inequality. Functionalist - Mertons strain theory and Cohen status frustration.
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Doesn't glamorize crime like marxists.
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Recognizes the seriousness of crime and understands the devistating consiquences crime has over peoples lives.
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Weakness
Functionalist - Merton - Neglects other responses to relative deprivation. Like retreatism and ritualism.
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Feminists - Heidensohn and Silvestri say that left realists ignores gender issues. Part of malestream criminology.
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Marxist - Ignores white collar crimes. Pearce 'ignores crimes of the powerful'
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Weakness
Doesnt explain why even the most deprived people dont turn to crime. Why isnt their more crime if the 'toxic mix' theory is true? Same occurs in marxist theory said by gordon when explaining a crimogenic society.
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