Neoliberalism and economic inequality: what is criminology’s role regarding the harms caused by Neoliberalism?

Hatfield, Michael (2015) Neoliberalism and economic inequality: what is criminology’s role regarding the harms caused by Neoliberalism? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This is a literature-based review of critical criminological theory. This piece will critically analyse criminology’s place within the prevailing political economic climate by utilising a Marxist political economy perspective. It will undertake this task by examining the tools criminology has in order to critically examine free market neoliberalism and the harms that it causes to society through economic inequality. It appears that critical criminological approaches buttressed by a Marxist political economy perspective are the best tools criminology can utilise. It is argued that criminology as a discipline can help reverse the harms of economic inequality caused by neoliberal capital via critical criminology influencing progressive policy in the short term and structural change through public debate and engagement in the long term to properly tackle the harms caused by economic inequality created by neoliberal capitalism. Furthermore, criminology must further develop these critical fields; especially the field of social harm in order to continue to be relevant in contemporary political economic discourse and engage with the harms of neoliberalism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 12:42
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/18994

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