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Using material from Item A and elsewhere assess the value of the right realist approach to crime and deviance.

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AS and A Level Crime & Deviance

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Using material from Item A and elsewhere assess the value of the right realist approach to crime and deviance.

Right realism is a conservative and extreme functionalist view of crime. They see it as a growing problem that destroys societies. Sociologists such as James Q Wilson have stressed the point that it cannot be tolerated.

Right realists are more concerned with solving crime rather than understanding the causes.

As detailed in item a, right realism favours increasing the cost paid by those who commit crimes by for example giving harsher sentencing.

Right realists such as James Wilson and Richard Herrnstein put forward a biosocial theory of crime. They believe that criminal behaviour is made up of biological and social factors. They believe that people may be biological more attracted to committing crime than others for example, they believe traits such as aggression and risk taking are inborn in the person and this causes them to commit crimes. They also think that the socialisation of the person leads to their tendency towards crime. They believe, like conservatives and new rightist, that the nuclear family is the best form of socialisation and avoiding crime

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