Mapping the Borders of Criminology: Concluding Thoughts
This chapter offers some final observations about the state of and challenges to the discipline of criminology. The book has succeeded in providing a rich and diverse set of chapters that raise some interesting questions and provide some astute answers, and illustrate that criminology cannot and should not be constrained by conceptual, methodological, and political borders. Nor should it be bound by geography, epistemology, or its own academic walls. Nonetheless, these chapters have drawn on theoretical and empirical research that shows that above all criminology should not lose sense of its focus and purpose; to explore crime and criminal justice and to keep an eye on broader matters of social justice.
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