Sir Leon's shadow

Cottee, Simon (2005) Sir Leon's shadow. Theoretical Criminology, 9 (2). pp. 203-225. ISSN 1362-4806. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480605051637) (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

Sir Leon Radzinowicz was one of the last great exemplars of modern criminology. Yet he remains, 32 years since his retirement from the Wolfson chair of Criminology at Cambridge, an almost unrecognizably distant figure, largely unexamined, if not completely eclipsed, in the existing histories of the discipline. This, partly, is because many of the questions which Radzinowicz himself confronted are quite different from those which exercise criminologists today. But it is also, more decisively, because Radzinowicz's status as a thinker has never quite recovered from the critical assault to which his radical antagonists subjected it. My aim in what follows will be to re-examine the validity of that assault and to clarify the significance, if any, of Radzinowicz's 'pragmatic position' for contemporary criminological thought.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Mid-20th-century British criminology, Radical criminology, Sir Leon Radzinowicz, Stanley Cohen
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2013 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 13:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36265 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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