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May 10, 2018 / C H Thompson

Postmodern perspective of crime – revision notes with evaluative points

The causes of crime

  • In the postmodern world social causes of crime are un-discoverable due to too much individualism in postmodern society, causing our society to be too fragmented.
  • Every crime is motivated by an infinite number of causes specific to that individual, including emotional reasons
  • Therefore there’s no one single cause of crime.
  • Rather crime is a lifestyle choice, a one-off event maybe, with multiple causes rather than one cause such as relative deprivation
  • For example the excitement of ‘living one the edge’ (known as edgework) is just one way people construct their identity. Therefore they’re using crime as a way of getting a kick or status in the way base jumper’s do


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