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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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Marxist Criminology: Whose Side, Which Values?

Marxist Criminology: Whose Side, Which Values?

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(p.39) Three Marxist Criminology: Whose Side, Which Values?
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Values in criminology and community justice
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David Moxon

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0003

Becker, in his famous article ’Whose side are we on’, (unintentionally) raises questions that demand renewed attention from Marxist criminologists: Whose side are they on, and what values guide their work? The former question is problematic as the class that Marxism is ’for’ no longer exists in any coherent form, if indeed it ever did. The latter question is problematic as Marxism has long struggled to explicate a coherent moral position or promote particular values. After exploring these issues, this chapter suggests that the best way forward for Marxist criminology is through the development of Sumner’s notion of ‘censure’, which allows for a fruitful dialogue with other perspectives and positions and takes Marxism beyond the remit of ‘criminology’ and the study of ‘crime’ as traditionally conceived.

Keywords:   Marxism, criminologists, Sumner, censure

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