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White, R, Criminology, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, B. Turner (ed), New York (2017) [Entry]

DOI: doi:10.1002/9781118430873.est0610


This entry describes the main theoretical orientations of criminology as a multidisciplinary field. After distinguishing two approaches to the doing of criminology, it notes three broad levels of criminological explanation: the individual, the situational, and the structural. The entry then considers a key conceptual divide within criminology that hinges upon whether crime is explained primarily in terms of individual choice or is seen to be determined by biological, psychological, or social factors, and if so, how.

Item Details

Item Type:Entry
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Social class and inequalities
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:130301
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-01-18
Last Modified:2019-01-18

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