Category Archives: Crime and Deviance

The legalisation of Pot in California

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Tax avoidance – supporting evidence for the Marxist Perspective on Crime

One of they key ideas of Marxist criminologists is that the Law is made by the property owning Capitalist class and  serves their interests. (NB You might like to review the perspective by reading this long-form post on the Marxist theory … Continue reading

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Good Sociology Movies #1: Minority Report

Thought I’d start bashing out the occasional Friday post on good sociology movies… starting with Minority Report – which is a great intro to the ‘surveillance and crime control‘ aspect of the AQA’s 7192 sociology syllabus, crime and deviance topic, … Continue reading

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Is the Surge in Hate Crime just due to an Increase in Reporting?

Has there been an increase in hate crime since Brexit? The Number of hate crimes reported to the police in England and Wales between 2012-13 and 2016-17 jumped by 90%, but is this because of an actual, underlying increase in … Continue reading

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The Criminals in the House of Lords

Lord Bassam, Labour’s soon to be chief whip in the House of Lords has just agreed to repay £41 000 in expenses. The peer claimed a remarkable £260 000 over seven years to cover the cost of his accommodation in … Continue reading

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Is Violent Crime Increasing?

According to the latest police recorded crime figures there has been a significant increase in crime in the last year: Gun crime has increased by 27% Knife crime has increased by 26% Robberies have increased by 25% Stalking and Harassment … Continue reading

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Harvey Weinstein Scandal – A sign of ‘raised consciousness’ or just a decline in his personal power?

Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment has been headline news for over a week now, but what should we make of it? Some very famous actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Joli have come forward and accused Weinstein of sexual … Continue reading

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Explaining the Increase in Sex Crime Prosecutions

A fifth of Crown Prosecution cases are alleged sex crimes or domestic abuse. In fact, the proportion compared to all prosecutions has nearly trebled in the last decade. Alleged sex crimes and domestic abuse offences now account for nearly 20% … Continue reading

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Are cuts to community policing making it harder to prevent terrorism?

Government cuts to community policing have made it harder to prevent terror attacks, at least according to Ed Davey, the Shadow Home Secretary, as stated in an interview on C4 News (Sunday 17th Sept 2017). Robert Quick, Britain’s former counter-terrorism … Continue reading

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Sociological Perspectives on the London Riots

The London Riots of August 2011 are a good way of introducing ‘perspectives’ on crime and deviance, as well as the strengths and limitations of studying crime using different methods. The 2011 London Riots – Background/ Context Between 6 and 10 August … Continue reading

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