Neo-Marxism: critical criminology

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In what 3 ways do Taylor et al agree with traditional Marxists?
Capitalist society is based on class exploitation and understanding this is the key to understanding crime. Selective enforcement. Capitalism should be replaced by communism.
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Taylor et al argue that traditional Marxism is too deterministic, but what view do they take instead?
They take a voluntaristic view that means they see crime as meaningful action by the actor and it often has a political motive. Criminals are not passive puppets.
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What 2 sources would Taylor et al's 'full social theory of deviance' use?
Traditional Marxist ideas about the unequal distribution of wealth. Ideas from interactionism and labelling theory about the meaning of the deviant act for the actor, societal reactions to it, and the effects of the deviant label on the individual.
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What 6 things do they believe a complete theory of deviance needs to unite?
The wider origins of the deviant act. The immediate origins of the deviant act. The act itself. The immediate origins of social reaction. The wider origins of social reaction. The effects of labelling.
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What are 4 criticisms of Taylor et al?
Feminists - 'Gender blind'. Left Realists - romanticises working class criminals, ignore the effect on working class victims. Hopkins-Burke - too general to explain crime, too idealistic to tackle crime.
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They take a voluntaristic view that means they see crime as meaningful action by the actor and it often has a political motive. Criminals are not passive puppets.

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Taylor et al argue that traditional Marxism is too deterministic, but what view do they take instead?

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Traditional Marxist ideas about the unequal distribution of wealth. Ideas from interactionism and labelling theory about the meaning of the deviant act for the actor, societal reactions to it, and the effects of the deviant label on the individual.

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The wider origins of the deviant act. The immediate origins of the deviant act. The act itself. The immediate origins of social reaction. The wider origins of social reaction. The effects of labelling.

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Feminists - 'Gender blind'. Left Realists - romanticises working class criminals, ignore the effect on working class victims. Hopkins-Burke - too general to explain crime, too idealistic to tackle crime.

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