Critical Criminology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 165–177 | Cite as

Jock Young and the Development of Left Realist Criminology



This article traces Jock Young’s contribution to the development of Left Realist criminology beginning with the political interventions of the mid 1980s progressing through the development of the ‘square of crime’ as the conceptual framework for a Left Realist research programme to some of the final formulations in his later works. The emphasis of the article is less on critical receptions of Left Realism by the wider criminological community than on demonstrating the consistency of Jock’s commitment to following through the implications of the Left Realist paradigm.


Left Idealism Crime Prevention Crime Control Labour Party Democratic Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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