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Asian Values, Crime and Social Change


Travers, M, Asian Values, Crime and Social Change, Comparative Criminology in Asia, Springer International Publishing AG, J Liu, M Travers and LYC Chang (ed), Switzerland, pp. 33-44. ISBN 9783319549415 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-54942-2_3


A central issue for Asian criminologists is whether there are distinctive patterns of offending in Asian countries and, if so, how these can be explained by distinctive social institutions and cultural values. This chapter contrasts two approaches to investigating this problem. Quantitative criminologists, drawing on the ideas of Emile Durkheim, seek to develop a cross-cultural theory or global criminology (Karstedt 2001) that explains international variation. Interpretivists, influenced by Max Weber, look at how intellectuals and criminal justice professionals in different countries construct and use their own theories about crime (Nelken 2010). Three sources of information are considered: the 1990s Asian values debate; cultural nationalism in China; and how some criminologists in Japan, South Korea and China view the crime problem.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Asian values, criminology, quantitatve criminology, interpretivist criminology
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminological theories
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:120997
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-09-06
Last Modified:2018-04-13

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