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Beyond ‘so what?’ criminology: Rediscovering realism

Matthews, Roger A. (2009) Beyond ‘so what?’ criminology: Rediscovering realism. Theoretical Criminology, 13 (341). ISSN 1362-4806. (doi:10.1177/1362480609336497) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

There has been a growing concern about the lack of policy relevance of criminology in recent years. Two influential responses to this dilemma have been presented. On one hand, it has been argued that academic criminologists should become more active in mobilizing points of consensus about what works, while on the other hand it has been suggested that there should be a division of labour among academics and that the subject be broken down into public, professional, policy and critical criminologies. This article argues that neither of these responses are tenable and instead calls for an approach that links theory, method and intervention with the aim of developing a coherent critical realist approach that is able to go beyond the existing forms of ‘so what?’ criminology.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1362480609336497
Uncontrolled keywords: administrative criminology,critical criminology,empiricism,intervention,liberalism,public criminology,realism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 13:15 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:20 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34472 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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