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NCJ Number: 164565 Find in a Library
Title: Rising Crime and the Dismembered Family: How Conformist Intellectuals Have Campaigned Against Common Sense
Author(s): N Dennis
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 110
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Economic Affairs
London, SW1P 3lB, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-255-36350-8
Sale Source: Institute of Economic Affairs
2 Lord North Street
London, SW1P 3lB,
United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book looks at the role of "conformist intellectuals" in undermining more common sense revelations about rising crime and family breakdown in England.
Abstract: Usually armed with a self-image of antiestablishment radicalism, conformist intellectuals deny the family is breaking down and crime is rising. Instead, conformist intellectuals believe the family is changing not deteriorating and an increase in "moral panic" not crime has occurred. In addition, these intellectuals are strongly inclined to subscribe to politically correct doctrines of the day. The result is that universities have become easy berths for individuals who are reluctant to allow inconvenient facts to spoil a good theory. In countering the views of conformist intellectuals, the author emphasizes the importance of two-parent families, the impact of family breakdown on civic safety, and historical changes in English society and public opinion. He cites specific research studies that support his position. 154 notes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Crime Causes; Crime in foreign countries; England; Family crisis; Single parent families; Societal reactions to crime; Sociological analyses
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