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CRIM 2650 Lecture 15: CRIM 2650 - Lecture #15
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Criminology
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CRIM 2650
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Ozgun Topak

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CRIM 2650 Left and Right Realism January 18 2018 Overview Critiques of Marxist Criminology o Definition of crime o Romanticization o Marxism, and Race and Gender o Conspiratorial analysis o Class and criminality Right Realism o Broken Windows Theory o Ongoing Controversy Left Realism o Critique of Marxism o Critique of Social Constructionism o Policy Suggestions Critiques of Marxist Criminology 1. Broad Definition of Crime as Social Harm and Human Rights Violation 2. Romantic image of workingclass criminals 3. Conspiratorial analysis 4. Not everyone living in poverty commit crime 5. Not all form of criminality is class based, there are classneutral crimes 6. Power and powerlessness cannot be explained only by class. Race and gender are also important. Definition of Crime Crime as Social Harm and Human Rights Violation Practical Difficulties o What specific harm to define as criminal o Human rights is a broad concept Difficulties in enforcement Could be (ab)used by the powerful o Definition of crime and class struggle Romanticization Romantic image of workingclass offenders as primitive rebels o Crime as an act of resistance o Not as harmful Understanding the harm caused by working class criminals (e.g. street crime) o Victims of street crime are often workingclass people Criticism from Left and Right Realist Perspectives o Realist policies
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