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Criminology, deviance and sociology

Carrabine, E (2014) 'Criminology, deviance and sociology.' In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Sociology in Britain. UNSPECIFIED, 459 - 487. ISBN 9780230299818

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Charting the relationships between criminology and sociology as they have developed in Britain is not an easy or straightforward task. Although there are numerous histories of criminal justice institutions - courts, legislation, policing, prisons, and so on, there is relatively little on the history, or the sociology, of criminology. Textbook accounts ritually invoke the same cast of characters typically beginning with Beccaria (1764/1986) as the originator of the ‘classical school’ and contrasting this with Lombroso’s ‘positivist’ search for the ‘criminal type’ over a century later. How these ideas shaped actual practices at the time, or were related to other intellectual currents and institutional settings, is rarely traced in any depth. A sociology of criminological knowledge that examines its structure as an academic and cultural field in which individuals and institutions interact in a web of creative and competing relationships is also largely absent.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 12:30
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 17:15

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