Evaluation - Evaluation 1 Much"New Left Realism appears to...

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Evaluation 1. Much "New Left Realism" appears to be a relatively sophisticated rehash of various sociological explanations of deviance (Merton, Matza, Cohen and the like) with a "Marxist" gloss. .. 2. Simply because police practices, the collection of Official statistics and so forth under- estimate the extent of middle and upper class crime, why should we assume that levels of working-class crime are under-estimated (and by how much?). The problem here is that whilst we might reasonably suspect various levels of under- estimation, it is simply not possible to quantify (even in very broad terms) the possible extent of this under-estimation. In simple terms, if "levels of crime" are realistically unquantifiable, then any attempt to quantify them will be based upon assumption - and this is hardly reliable or valid. .. 3. The idea that the police, for example, concentrate upon working-class forms of crime because "that is what people want" tends to oversimplify the picture in terms of both
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