Critical Criminology

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Crime according to critical criminologists is political as it is responded to by those in power. Critical Criminologists want to gain an understanding of society and the state and how these two impact upon each other (Scraton & Chadwick 1998). Critical Criminologists want to turn away from other theories of crime and concentrate on inequalities within structures and power relations of different societies. There has been significant work on the relationship between deviants and the relationship they have with the state and the control and power the state has over them (Newburn, 2007). Punishment to critical criminologists is viewed as being associated with a system of social inequality and it can worsen and even produce the inequality itself
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