Right Realism (New Right) explanations of crime and deviance

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1. How does Stan Cohen ciritise Wilson?

  • Argues New Right thinking leads to gender inequalities in victimisation - women live in paranoid forrestresses with security so crime happens by and to men
  • Argues New Right thinking leads to class inequalities in victimisation - rich live in paranoid forrestresses with security so crime displaces to poorer less protected areas
  • Argues Right Realist thinking leads to class inequalities in victimisation - rich live in paranoid forrestresses with security so crime displaces to poorer less protected areas
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2. What is a evaluation of Control theory (Hirschi)?

  • Focuses on conformity not criminality, taught through socialisation, sometimes bonds explain deviance (loyalty to peer group or subculture), assumes shared set of values (Marxism disagrees), lack of supportive evidence
  • Focuses on criminality not conformity, taught through secondary socialisation, sometimes bonds explain crime (loyalty to peer group or gang subculture), assumes shared set of values (Marxism disagrees), lack of supportive evidence
  • Focuses on conformity not criminality, taught through primary socialisation, sometimes bonds explain deviance (loyalty to peer group or subculture), assumes shared set of norms (Marxism disagrees), lack of supportive qualitative evidence

3. As an evalutaion of WIlson - What are right realists accused of failing to theorise the causes of what?

  • Causes of offending and evidence suggests high reoffending rates among offenders who experienced hard line approaches, ignore impact of stratification &poverty on offending rates, accept stats as valid
  • Causes of reoffending and evidence suggests high reoffending rates among offenders who experienced hard line approaches
  • Causes of offending and evidence suggests high reoffending rates among offenders who experienced easy approaches like restorative justice

4. What do Wilson and Herrnstein say the act of commiting a crime depend upon?

  • Relative Deprivation, Marginalistaion & Subclutures
  • The perception of if the advantages of crime outweigh potential disadvantages
  • Your socialisation, traits and economic situation

5. Who evaluates Wilson and how?

  • Cohen - Other factors like lack of investment more important than penalties, focus on minor offences means serious crimes go unchecked, criminals just move to different neighbourhood
  • Jones - Other factors like lack of investment more important than penalties, focus on minor offences means serious crimes go unchecked, criminals just move to different neighbourhood
  • Matthews - Other factors like lack of investment more important than penalties, focus on minor offences means serious crimes go unchecked, criminals just move to different neighbourhood

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