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Explain the differences between instrumental (orthodox Marxism) Marxist and structural Marxist views on the criminal law.
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Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction


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    • Posits a direct relationship between the interests of the ruling class (profit, power, and prestige and functioning of social institutions such as criminal justice system
    • e.g. vagrant individuals arrested and treated as a criminal for not working during the ancient times. Opportunity for elite to force cheap labor and oppress
  • Structural Marxists grant that the government has some autonomy, and that the dominant class may be diverse and divided.
    • Differs from the instrumental approach by acknowledging an indirect relationship between ruling-class interests and the way social institutions operate
    • Acquisition of some political power by the working class over time has forced the ruling class to share some resources
  • e.g. creation of minimum wage, worker compensation, health insurance


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