Realist Theories

Realist theories differ from labelling theory and critical criminology, which see crime as socially constructed, rather than a real fact. Realists see crime as a real problem, especially for its victims and they propose policies to reduce crime

Right Realists share a conservative, New Right political outlook and support a ‘Zero Tolerance’ stance on crime. They have been very influential in the UK.

Left Relists are reformists sociologists and favour policies to rebuild and promote equality.