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The construction of ‘So What?’ Criminology : a realist analysis

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Matthews, Roger A.

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Abstract From a realist perspective there is a growing body of criminology that can be classified as ‘So What?’ criminology in that it involves a low level of theorisation, thin, inconsistent or vague concepts and categories, embodies a dubious methodology or has little or no policy relevance. The production of ‘So What?’ criminology is, of course, no accident but the outcome of a number of lines of force that have served to shape the nature of mainstream academic criminology in recent years. The aim of this article is to identify some of these lines of force and to assess their impact.
Classification Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 125-140
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 54 (2010) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)