Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Marxist Criminology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_310



Despite the fact that Marx did not address crime in a systematic way, criminologists have used Marxist theory to analyze laws, crime, and the criminal justice system. Over the past 40 years, Marxist criminology has become a core component of what has been broadly referred to as critical criminology. Many critical criminologists have contributed to the development of Marxist criminology, and its position within the field of critical criminology is well established. At the same time, the insights provided by Marxist criminological theory have received little interest among mainstream criminologists, despite the fact that some share with Marxist criminologists a macrolevel or structural approach to studying crime. While recent developments in Marxist criminological theory have slowed, Marxist criminologists are still able to provide a viable framework to understand law, crime, and state responses to crime.

Marx and Crime


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carthage CollegeKenoshaUSA
  2. 2.George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA