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On The Quest for a General Theory of Crime*

On The Quest for a General Theory of Crime* The article deals with the prospects for general theories of crime. It begins with a review of the empirical conditions which have proved propitious for general theory in other branches of science and concludes that no similarly propitious conditions for general theory exist in criminology. It then attempts to show that the schematic nature of existing criminological theories means that current attempts at theoretical integration in criminology are unlikely to deliver any real gains in explanatory power or any secure foundation for crime prevention policy. The discussion concludes by urging theorists to pursue detailed explanations for specific patterns of offending rather than general theories of crime. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

On The Quest for a General Theory of Crime*

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
©The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors, 1992
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1177/000486589302600105
Publisher site
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Abstract

The article deals with the prospects for general theories of crime. It begins with a review of the empirical conditions which have proved propitious for general theory in other branches of science and concludes that no similarly propitious conditions for general theory exist in criminology. It then attempts to show that the schematic nature of existing criminological theories means that current attempts at theoretical integration in criminology are unlikely to deliver any real gains in explanatory power or any secure foundation for crime prevention policy. The discussion concludes by urging theorists to pursue detailed explanations for specific patterns of offending rather than general theories of crime.

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Mar 1, 1993

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