Radical Criminology

Radical Criminology - Radical Criminology - Examples We can...

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Radical Criminology - Examples We can look at some examples of radical criminological arguments in terms of a number of studies conducted throughout the 1970's by both British and American sociologists. 1. Hall et al : "Policing The Crisis" (1978). The basic argument that came out of this study was that the police consciously targeted "muggers" in early 1970's because of a general economic and political crisis in British society. By targeting and scapegoating this type of visible, petty (in terms of value) crime, the police were acting the interests of a ruling class by: a. Creating a moral panic around street crime and thereby distracting people's attention away from the general political / economic crisis in Britain. b. Showing that they were prepared to act swiftly and vigorously against any potential threat to social order . c. Promoting a sense of social solidarity by creating "hate figures" against which everyone in society could supposedly identify. d. Targeting "inner city youth", a general form of police / legal repression could be
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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