Marxist Explanations of Crime and Deviance

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1. What is a positive evaluation point of Marxism?

  • It's true that corporate crime is rarely policed or punished
  • Got nice hair!
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true
  • Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers lots of ways of dealing with this crime
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2. What do Left Realists think of the Neo-Marxist view of crime and deviance?

  • Left idealism - Most crime doesnt help poor people, usually by and against them, most subcultures don't mean to be resisting capitalism
  • Right idealism - Most crime doesnt help poor people, usually by and against them, most subcultures don't mean to be resisting capitalism
  • Left idealism - Most crime does help poor people, usually by and not against them, most subcultures do mean to be resisting capitalism
  • They think its bad but too polite to say anything!

3. How do Left Realists criticise Marxism?

  • It's true that corporate crime is rarely policed or punished
  • They love rightness too much!
  • Ignores consequences of w/c crime to other w/c people, offers no way of dealing with this crime
  • Assumes ruling class have all power, not always true

4. Who says subcultures as a form of resisitence as a 'illlusion'?

  • Scraton - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation
  • Brake - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation
  • Phill Cohen - Each w/c generation express this differently (clothes, slang, etc) but are all trapped by exploitation
  • The guy down the road Steve!

5. How does the law benefit the ruling class?

  • Three day trials make corruption easy! ;)
  • Criminal justice system exists to test the power of Bourgeoisie, agents of Informal social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • Criminal justice system exists to maintain power of Bourgeoisie, agents of social control make laws to control and punish w/c
  • All structural systems exist to maintain power of Bourgeoisie, agents of social control make laws to control and punish w/c

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