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I have a criminology essay due in and the question is "compare and contrast critical theories of crime and positivist theories of crime". How do I go about answering this? Mention a few theories of each eg Marx, Learning theory, and criticise them all or criticise them against each other and say which is best?
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Hi,

I would answer it exactly as you have mentioned
Standard introduction
History and basics of a few critical theories
Same for a few positivist theories
Strengths and weaknesses of each
Comparison to each other
Conclusion (maybe with your own opinion included about which theories you think are more valid)
Make sure to use as many academic sources as possible. Maybe reference essays by well known scholars and discuss their opinions.

(RHUL Criminology with Sociology Graduate)

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