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NCJ Number: 161553 Find in a Library
Title: Failure of Criminology: The Need for a Radical Realism (From Criminological Perspectives: A Reader, P 442-452, 1996, John Muncie, Eugene McLaughlin, and Mary Langan, eds. -- See NCJ- 161531)
Author(s): J Young
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This essay calls for the development of a radical, realist criminology that is imaginative, sophisticated, and relevant to policy.
Abstract: The author advocates the development of a realist theory that adequately encompasses the scope of the criminal act; that is, it must deal with both macro-levels and micro-levels, with the causes of criminal action and social reaction, and with the triangular interrelationship between the offender, the victim, and the state. It must learn from past theory, take up again the debates between the three strands of criminological theory, and attempt to bring them together within a radical rubric. Radical criminology must stand for theory in a time when criminology has all but abandoned theory, and it must address the action of causality while emphasizing both the specificity of generalization and the existence of human choice and value in any equation of criminality. On a research level, criminologists must develop theoretically grounded empirical work against the current of atheoretical empiricism. The expansion of radical victimology in the area of victimization surveys is paramount, along with developments in qualitative research and ethnography. The radical criminologist must use sophisticated statistical analysis, and quantitative and qualitative work should be viewed as alternatives from which the radical criminologist must choose. Overall, the major task of radical criminology is to seek a solution to the problem of crime and a reduction in the crime rate under socialist policy. 28 references
Main Term(s): Radical criminology
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Sociological analyses
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Abridged from "Confronting Crime," P 9-30, 1986.
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