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NCJ Number: 121581 Find in a Library
Title: Is Criminology Any Use?
Journal: Research Bulletin  Issue:26  Dated:(1989)  Pages:5-8
Author(s): M Tuck
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A strong academic criminology, in close touch with practitioners, is necessary for the health of society.
Abstract: Given the multiplicity of divergent criminological theories and dominant historical criminological themes that contradict one another, it is no surprise that policymakers may believe that theoretical criminology offers no practical advice for action. Academics, on the other hand, criticize irrational policy determined by public opinion and politics rather than empirical research. The absence of consistency and consensus in criminological thinking, however, should not discount its value for policymaking. Relevant research findings must be examined as input for all policymaking. Criminologists, on the other hand, must appreciate that in a democratic society, crime policy does not, and should not, proceed from any single criminological theory or perspective. Instead, policy emerges from interaction and conflict between different experiences, ideologies, and theories of crime and how best to deal with it. 11 references.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminology theory evaluation; Research uses in policymaking
Note: An edited version of a paper given to the British Society of Criminology on May 18, 1988.
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