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NCJ Number: 91768 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice Theory - A Case of Trained Incapacity?
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:5  Dated:(1983)  Pages:447-458
Author(s): C L Willis
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 12
Type: Overview Text
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Theories are scientific tools which give meaning to the social and physical reality that scientists study. They also play a crucial role in generating and storing the information of a discipline. The academic field of criminal justice has a wealth of facts but a dearth of theory. As a result, this field is still only partially developed. This article is a call for greater attention to theory so that the analysis of the criminal justice system and its components can be more fruitful.
Abstract: A survey of 25 criminal justice textbooks published since 1975 shows that the analysis of criminal justice retains a facts-without-theory flavor. For criminal justice as an academic field of study to grow, theory must be integrated much more into criminal justice research and education than has been the case. The theoretical frameworks of such social theorists as Durkheim, Marx, and Weber, among others, are suggested as sources to draw upon to develop an integrated comprehensive theory of the criminal justice system. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Criminal justice ideologies; Criminal justice overview texts; Criminal justice research; Criminal justice system analysis; Theory
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1981
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