An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation

Authors: Warr, Jason

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  • Offers an accessible introduction, for both criminology academics and students, to the complex problems of causation and how this has impacted on the development of the discipline
  • Looks at some of the technical issues of theory construction that may lead advanced criminology theory to fail at accounting for the causes of crime
  • Combines both Criminology and the Philosophy of the Social Sciences
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This text offers a novel contribution to the literature on core criminological theory by introducing the complex issues relating to the structuring and analysing of causation. This text traces the paradigm shift, or drift, that has occurred in the history of criminology and shows how the problem of causation has been a leading factor in these theoretical developments. This short book is the first of its kind and is an introductory text designed to introduce both seasoned criminologists as well as students of criminology to the interesting intersections between the fields of criminology and the philosophy of the social sciences.
The problem of causation is notoriously difficult and has plagued philosophers and scientists for centuries. Warr highlights the importance of grappling with this problem and demonstrates how it can lead to unsuccessful theorising and can prevent students from fully appreciating the development of thinking in criminology. This accessible account will prove to be a must-read for scholars of criminal justice, penology and philosophy of social science.

About the authors

Jason Warr is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln, UK, with research interests in penology, sociology of power and the philosophy of science. He holds an HEA teaching fellowship and teaches across core modules in criminology, penology and research methods.

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“Jason Warr’s Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation is a romp through some familiar and unfamiliar terrain pertaining to one of the key problems within criminology – the problem of crime causation. Excavating the implicit (at times explicit) assumptions and models of causation that have dominated the discipline of criminology for a century or so, Warr reminds us that criminology has often deployed overly simplistic models of causation which have left specific explanations open to criticism and consignment to the pile marked ‘not quite adequate’.” (Jo Phoenix, Open University)

“Warr's book is like a 'short, sharp shock' to the study of criminology, exposing the dirty, little secret of our field and showing a way forward in thinking about the crucial issue of "causality" and crime. Although subsequent theorising in criminology need not adopt Warr's specific suggestions for modeling the causes of crime, no serious scholar or student of the discipline should ignore his cogent analysis of this key issue.” (Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Introduction to Criminological Theory and the Problem of Causation
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47446-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47446-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47445-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83737-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 94
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