MARXIST CRIMINOLOGY Often called New Criminology; Radical Criminology, Or worse Marxist Criminology We will return to this at semester end Overview of Marxist Theory Don’t get caught in over simplification Some factors in the end are more important than others, but can take a back seat How human beings organize their lives to meet subsistence and needs, is critical Marxist Criminology Various theories in this paradigm focus on different things One important one is LAW Law serves class interests Law serves a legitimating function Law protects everybody's property – but who does it really protect? Law helps maintain the system regardless of class Marxist Criminology Marxist’s must also look at crime We will look at Spitzer later But, Marx looks at lumpenproletariat “Primitive Rebellion Thesis”: Some crime is a form of revolt For example?? “Demoralization”: Measure of success? Self? Etc.
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