Applied Criminology by Brian Stout, Joe Yates, Brian Williams

By Brian Stout, Joe Yates, Brian Williams

This can be the 1st ebook to hide comprehensively and accessibly the world of utilized criminology. It attracts jointly best specialists with event of educating, study and perform. each one bankruptcy engages with the appliance of criminology in a specific quarter of the neighborhood and legal justice process.

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2006: 3). All agree that this position has been brought about by financial pressures on universities and growing numbers of academics competing for limited research funds. ’ (Morgan, 2000: 76), it is also political in that it is substantially funded by government, and as such constrained by government priorities and requirements. Morgan argues, however, that the importance of such research should not be underestimated. ’ (77), and on the other theorists often depend for their insights on the empirical data generated by the Home Office through their statistical systems, regular surveys or research projects.

Research: the gold standard? Whilst many commentators talk about the ‘irrationality’ of policy making, and the way in which a wide range of influences come to bear on the process, there is at the same time, and somewhat paradoxically, a view that such irrationality would be overcome if the quality of the evidence were better. Writers such as Sherman (2005) and Farrington (2000, 2003) call for more experimental research, aspiring to the so-called research ‘gold standard’ of randomised control trials.

They outline how Criminology can be applied in a manner which mounts a critique of ideologically driven definitions of ‘victims’. Again this chapter raises a number of pertinent policy and practice questions regarding how corporate criminals are responded to and how the needs of their victims are met. Conclusion This chapter has set out to explore what is meant by Applied Criminology and to assess the potential contribution of Criminology to practice. We have argued that an Applied Criminology should engage critically with the field and extend itself further than the narrow confines of the needs of government for research to inform the • 15 • 9781412947312-Ch01 15 3/28/08 11:40:15 AM ••• Applied Criminology ••• apparatus of social control.

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