Marxist criminology Law and Legal Definition

Marxist criminology is one of the schools of criminology that adopts a predefined political philosophy. Its function is similar to that of the functionalist school which concentrates stability and continuity producing factors in society. Marxist criminology is much influenced by the teaching of Karl Marx that law is the mechanism by which the ruling class keeps all the other classes in a deprived position. Marxist criminology focuses on the reason for the change of things, identifying the disruptive forces in industrialized societies, and describing how society is fractioned by power, wealth, prestige, and the perceptions of the world. It also focuses on the causal relationships between immediate and structural social environment with the crime and criminogenic conditions. Marxist criminology explains why some acts are outlined as deviant whereas others are not, and it is more concerned with political crime, state crime, and state-corporate crime.