Right Realism (New Right) explanations of crime and deviance

1. Who also disagree with underclass theory and why?

  • Rex & Charlesworth - Reject idea of subculture that is voluntarily unemployed, criminal behaviour - poverty usually caused by external factors beyond control of poor eeg global reccession, gov policies, etc
  • Rex & Tomlinson - Reject idea of subculture that is voluntarily unemployed, criminal behaviour - poverty usually caused by external factors beyond control of poor eeg global reccession, gov policies, etc
  • Charlesworth - Reject idea of subculture that is voluntarily unemployed, criminal behaviour - poverty usually caused by external factors beyond control of poor eeg global reccession, gov policies, etc
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2. What did Wilson and Herrnstein say about crime?

  • It is inevitable. Jones - More liekly to commit crime if not socialised into acceptable behaviour, certain traits (impulsiveness, no empathy, etc) in more criminals, families with low intelligence dont socialise right so more criminals
  • It is inevitable. Wilson - More liekly to commit crime if not socialised into acceptable behaviour, certain traits (impulsiveness, no empathy, etc) in more criminals, families with low intelligence dont socialise right so more criminals
  • It is inevitable. Herrnstein - More liekly to commit crime if not socialised into acceptable behaviour, certain traits (impulsiveness, no empathy, etc) in more criminals, families with low intelligence dont socialise right so more criminals

3. What is an evaluation of Rational choice theory (Clarke)

  • Right realism over-states the rationality of criminals - many crimes not result of rational decisions (eg violent crime)
  • Right realism over-states the irrationality of criminals - many crimes are result of rational decisions (eg corporate crime)
  • Right realism over-states the rationality of victims - many victims cant remember exactly what took place or how to better prevent it (eg when drunk)

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. Which Right Realists' explanation is callled 'Broken windows' and why?

  • Wilson - More crime when social control breaks down, incivilities (liter, vandalism) are kept low by others reaction, once that stops serious crime takes over - once one broken window in abandoned building, they all are
  • Herrnstein - More crime when social control breaks down, incivilities (liter, vandalism) are kept low by others reaction, once that stops serious crime takes over - once one broken window in abandoned building, they all are
  • Jones - More crime when social control breaks down, incivilities (liter, vandalism) are kept low by others reaction, once that stops serious crime takes over - once one broken window in abandoned building, they all are

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