An Introduction to Criminological Theory, 3rd Edition by Roger Hopkins Burke

By Roger Hopkins Burke

This ebook offers a finished and up to date creation to criminological idea for college kids taking classes in criminology at either undergraduate and postgraduate point. The textual content is split into 5 components, the 1st 3 of which deal with excellent kind versions of legal behaviour the rational actor, predestined actor, and victimized actor types. inside of those many of the criminological theories can be found chronologically within the context of 1 of those diversified traditions, and the strengths and weaknesses of every conception and version are essentially pointed out. The fourth a part of the booklet seems extra heavily at more moderen makes an attempt to combine theoretical parts from either inside and throughout versions of felony behaviour, whereas the 5th half addresses a couple of key contemporary issues of criminology – postmodernism, cultural criminology, globalization and communitarianism.

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In contrast, they seek the development of ‘replacement discourses’ which encourage positive social constructions and challenge the omnipresence of power (Henry and Milovanovic, 1996). The chapter concludes with a consideration of anarchist criminology which unlike most modernist intellectual orientations, does not seek to incorporate reasoned or reasonable critiques of law and legal authority but, in contrast, argues that progressive social change requires the pursuit of the ‘unreasonable’ and the ‘unthinkable’ (Ferrell, 1998).

8. Punishment which follows promptly after a crime is committed will be more just and effective. 9. Punishment has to be certain to be effective. 10. Laws and punishments have to be well publicised so that people are well aware of them. 11. Punishment is imposed for the purpose of deterrence and therefore capital punishment is unnecessary and should not be used. 12. The prevention of crime is better than punishment. 13. Activities which are not expressly prohibited by law therefore not illegal and thus permissible.

It is a doctrine thus exposed to the criticism that it fails to appreciate that the exercise of free will may be constrained by biological, psychological or social circumstances. 4. There is the use of non-scientific ‘armchair’ methodology based on anecdote and imaginary illustrations in place of empirical research and it was thus an administrative and legal criminology, concerned more with the uniformity of laws and punishment rather than really trying to explain criminal behaviour. The rational actor model was to go out of fashion as an explanatory model of crime and criminal behaviour at the end of the nineteenth century and was to be replaced predominantly by the new orthodoxy of the predestined actor model in its various guises.

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