Below I've bullet pointed some of what I think would be key points to a marxist approach to crime. I would very much appreciate comments on what people think about these points, whether they agree with them, whether i've missed anything out at all either etc.
1) There is no seperate marxist theory of crime, rather marxist theory is applied to it, so we for example explain the aetiology (cause) of crime through ideas such as alienation, relative deprivation or as the normal workings of the capitalist system
2) The economic character of a period determines what crime is possible and what types of crime are likely to be prevelant.
3) Crime is however, defined in law, thus what is defined as crime is mostly what the ruling class of that period defines it as.
4) Crime disproportionately affects working class people, and brutalises them (a sort of double victimisation really)
5) The upper classes also have better means of protecting themselves, through private security, burglar alarms etc.
6) Class and other biases in the criminal justice system need to be analysed and responded to
7) The role of the state in both upholding bourgoise rule as well as responding to crime needs to be addressed.
8) Crime and responses to it should be analysed both in 'normal' times as well as in revolutionary changes when more progressive responses may emerge
9) As Marx says in his theses on Feuerbach, "Philosophers have hitherto interpreted the world, point is to change it"
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