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Jock Young 1942-2013

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Criminologist who questioned conventional ways of thinking about crime and its control

"...Soon after arriving [at Middlesex University], he established a single honours degree and set up one of the first master's programmes in criminology in Britain. In the 1980s he headed the Centre for Criminology at Middlesex and in 1987 was appointed professor. During this period, Jock laid the foundations for a more engaged "realist" criminology that argued for critical criminologists to take crime more seriously. He argued that law and order was indeed a socialist issue, insisting that the victims of crime are predominantly the poor and the marginalised."

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