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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 27 September 2023

16. Criminology and realismlocked

16. Criminology and realismlocked

  • Katherine S. WilliamsKatherine S. WilliamsLecturer in Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter discusses the concepts of right realism and left realism, both of which approaches accept that there is a real crime problem and recognise the need to monitor the success of interventions to guarantee their cost-effectiveness. However, those on the right argue that criminology needs to stop trying to explain crime and start controlling behaviour, and urge the State to get tough on crime. Those on the left have been disillusioned with radical and critical criminologies, and search for simple solutions to real problems for real people who are not able to protect themselves.

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