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NCJ Number: 154198 Find in a Library
Title: Social Support as an Organizing Concept for Criminology: Presidential Address to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1994)  Pages:527-559
Author(s): F T Cullen
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 33
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although "social support" is present as a theme in many criminological writings, it has not been identified explicitly as a concept capable of organizing theory and research in criminology.
Abstract: Drawing on existing criminological and related writings, the author derives a series of propositions that form the foundation, at least in a preliminary way, for the "social support paradigm" of the study of crime and control. The overriding contention is that whether social support is delivered through government social programs, communities, social networks, families, interpersonal relations, or criminal justice system agents, it reduces criminal involvement. The author contends that insofar as the social support paradigm proves to be "good criminology" and establishes that nonsupportive policies and conditions are criminogenic, it can provide grounds for creating a more supportive and good society. 192 references and 14 footnotes
Main Term(s): Criminology theory evaluation
Index Term(s): Crime control theory; Social control theory; Society-crime relationships; Sociological analyses
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