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Introducti12 - 1 Both view crime as a form of" social...

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Introduction In the early 1980's , two "new" approaches to the study of crime and deviance began to emerge in Britain and America , both of which focused upon the " realities " of crime (specifically) - but from different ends of the political spectrum . In Britain , the " New Left Realism " started to develop through the work of writers such as Lea and Young ("What Is To Be Done About Law And Order?", 1984), while the " New Right Realism " (confusing isn't it?) developed around the work of Wilson ("Thinking About Crime", 1977) in America and writers such as Clarke and Mayhew ("Designing out Crime", 1980) in Britain . While, as you might expect, the two basic approaches address the " problem " of crime from quite different political starting points, they have a couple of ideas in common:
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Unformatted text preview: 1. Both view crime as a form of " social problem " - not only for control agencies but also for the victims / potential victims of crime. 2. Both produce ideas that attempt to locate crime within a wider political (albeit different) context- the " New Realism ". In this set of Notes, therefore, what I propose to do is: a. Outline the basic elements of each perspective . b . Evaluate their overall strengths, weaknesses and general contributions to our understanding of the phenomenon of crime / deviance. This set of Notes focuses on New Left Realism and a subsequent set focuses on New Right Realism....
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