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NCJ Number: 218979 Find in a Library
Title: Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology
Editor(s): Alana Barton; Karen Corteen; David Scott; David Whyte
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 238
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Publication Number: ISBN-13: 978-1-84392-156-1
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents seven case studies which demonstrate how criminologists have utilized and developed their imagination to break free of, and challenge, the oppressive liberal conceptual framework which dominates the criminological arena.
Abstract: The book begins by outlining the problematic political context within which criminology as a discipline is operating. The subsequent chapters constitute a series of case studies which demonstrate that the current state of affairs within the discipline can be challenged by the utilization of a critical approach drawing on the concepts of history, biography, and structure. While these chapters comprise individual case studies, what unites them is the way in which they attempt to expand the criminological imagination. The chapters highlight how criminology necessitates an imaginative, multidisciplinary approach which has the potential to cultivate mutually beneficial interdisciplinary relationships which could enable theorists, activists, and practitioners to escape the dominant criminological paradigm that remains rooted in individual and social pathology. The book is essential reading for students and others seeking an understanding of the nature of the discipline of criminology and criminological research. It shows how a more imaginative criminology can help to visualize radically alternative visions to those proposed within the limited framework of mainstream criminological knowledge. References
Main Term(s): Developmental criminology
Index Term(s): Criminology; Criminology overview texts; Literature reviews
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