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May 10, 2018 / C H Thompson

Neo-Marxist perspective of crime – revision notes with evaluative points

Evaluation of neo-Marxism and crime

(+) Attempts to be less deterministic by giving criminals the choice of free will

(+) Considers interactionist ideas and looks into the meanings of criminal acts

(+) It is less reductionist as it looks at the full picture of crime

(-) Realists say that this approach romanticises working-class crime as being commit by ‘robin hood’ like heroes

(-) The working class commit crime against themselves and not just against the ruling class

(-) It’s not mentioned crime that has been committed with a political motive

(-) The theory has over-emphasised class inequality

(-) Feminists argue that the theory is ‘gender blind’ by only focusing on crimes committed by men


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