The Theory Of Critical Criminology Essay

773 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
For the final response paper, I will share what I learned about four specific criminological theories. These theories include critical/conflict, feminist, Biological/Biosocial, and life course. For each theory I will share how they each explain why crime might occur, while also sharing their strengths and weaknesses. To conclude this paper, I will chose one theory that I think best describes why crime occurs.
To begin, I will first talk about the critical/conflict theory. This theory argues that traditional theories are intellectually sterile and dangerous. Moreover, this theory ignores and unchallenged the powerful interests that benefit from this inequality. Critical theory provides several central themes. According to central themes of critical criminology, concepts of inequality and power are integral to understanding crime. Furthermore, Critical criminology notes that capitalism enriches some and impoverishes many. Also, critical theory suggests that crime is “political”. Due to the fact that critical criminology sees the criminal justice system as serving the interests of the capitalist’s class, capitalism is seen as the root cause of criminal behavior. As a result, the solution to crime is the creation of a more evenhanded society. The main strength of critical/conflict theory is that it seeks moral ends. This theory uses Universalist eloquence to disguise specific power as a means of controlling discourse and political debate. In contrast, critical theory’s…

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