Radical Criminology Term Paper by Master Researcher

Radical Criminology
An overview of the concept of radical criminology.
# 39526 | 900 words | 2 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2003 in Criminology (General) , Political Science (Marx / Engels)

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This paper explains that radical criminology sees the law as a tool of the powerful social groups and institutions and blames social forces that compel some people to commit crimes. The paper explains links between criminality and capitalism, as expounded in Marxism, and draws attention to some limitations of the approach.

Criminality and Capitalism
Relevance of the Radical Approach

From the Paper:

"Law and politics as well as other superstructures arise to support capitalist economic system, to protect private property. So law is not a natural phenomenon, it emerges to protect the interests of the capitalist class. Criminal laws evolve out of class conflict and are the interests of ruling and capitalist classes (Finley 151). These laws then are used by the state in accordance with its definition of crime and to punish the people from the working class who threaten the capitalist system by committing robbery or theft. But at the same time the state has fewer legal arrangements to penalize the capitalists who commit corporate crime. Thus the apparatus of the state is used as a enacted by the state intool for perpetuating an underclass that can be exploited by the capitalists for their benefit by maintaining a ready pool of workers that can be easily exploited for a surplus value of labor (Anonymous)."

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