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NCJ Number: 153185 Find in a Library
Title: From Vanguard to Vanished: The Declining Influence of Criminology Textbooks on Scholarship
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:22  Issue:6  Dated:(1994)  Pages:559-567
Author(s): R A Wright; K Carroll
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared citations to criminology textbooks in articles and research notes appearing in the leading criminology and criminal justice journals and sociology journals for the periods between 1966 and 1972 and between 1986 and 1992.
Abstract: The textbooks included in the study were 94 introduction to criminology textbooks, while the journals were Criminology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Law and Society Review, American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Social Forces. The findings show that scholars have borrowed few insights from recent criminology textbooks. The 45 textbooks appearing before 1966 were cited far more often in the older journals than the 49 textbooks published between 1976 and 1985. The declining influence of criminology textbooks may be attributed to the fact that criminologists now have more publishing outlets than their predecessors, that professional prestige has gone primarily to criminologists who publish in journals rather than to those who write textbooks, and that textbook materials has been simplified because of the declining reading abilities of students. 1 table, 11 notes, 41 references, and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research
Index Term(s): Course materials; Sociology
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