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Introduction If New Left Realist approaches to the study of crime and deviance owe some kind of debt to past theories of deviance, the same is true of New Right Realism. In this instance, however, the origins of New Right Realism lie in both Control Theory and, as you might expect, political Conservatism . Unlike the form of "Marxist Realism" of New Left Realism, the "realist" aspect of the neo-conservative theories grouped under the heading of the "New Right Realism" relates more to a "realistic" view about the causes of crime and deviance than to a particular set of methodological principles. In this respect, New Right Realist forms of analysis are, as we shall see, grounded squarely on positivist methodological principles. Thus, the "realistic" assessment of the causes of crime (a concept that’s used very loosely here since it’s probably fair to say that New Right Realism is not unduly concerned with concepts of causality in relation to crime and deviance) and, most importantly, its prevention , proposed by New Right Realists focuses on the idea that the reality of crime is very much a "what you see is what you get" principle. If we look at
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