Sociology SY3 theoretical perspectives on crime

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1. Crime is a real phenomenon - due to relative deprivation, marginalisation - form deviant subcultures

  • Left realism
  • Functionalism
  • Right realism
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2. Crime is a real phenomenon - individual factors - biosocial/inadequate family socialisation/rational choice

  • Postmodernism
  • Right realism
  • Left realism

3. Crime is a result of individual choice. "Structural" theories are inaccurate

  • Functionalism
  • Postmodernism
  • Feminism

4. Crime is not useful. Advantages that upper classes + disadvantages the lower classes

  • Right realism
  • Marxism
  • Functionalism

5. Crime is a consequence of labelling - self-fulfilling prophecy

  • Interactionism
  • Feminism
  • Right realism

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