Some Advantages of a Crime-free Criminology
In order to answer the question ‘what is criminology?’, it is necessary to first answer the question ‘what is crime?’. If criminology is the scientific study of the causes and consequences of crime, then the first order problem for criminology is to define the proper scope for the field — what might be termed the ‘problem of the dependent variable’. This chapter discusses the following: some key facts about crime and offending, a crime-based theory of crime, behavioural-based versus legal-based (deterrence) theories in criminology, evidence on deterrence and policing on crime, and the future of crime in criminology.
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