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(p. 1) 1. Theoretical Contexts: The Changing Nature and Scope of the Sociology of Crime and Deviance 

(p. 1) 1. Theoretical Contexts: The Changing Nature and Scope of the Sociology of Crime and Deviance
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(p. 1) 1. Theoretical Contexts: The Changing Nature and Scope of the Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Author(s):

David Downes

, Paul Rock

, and Eugene McLaughlin

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198747345.003.0001
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date: 18 October 2019

This book explores the sociology of crime and deviance as an incoherent discipline with relatively independent versions. It considers the diverse theories and perspectives on crime and deviance that can be linked, either directly or indirectly, to the work of Émile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber. It also looks at each of the major schools of thought and their assumptions, along with the character and sources of ambiguity that has characterized the sociology of crime and deviance. As an example, the book cites the disagreements regarding the connection between crime and politics. In particular, it discusses the debate over the consequences of the politicization of crime control. Finally, it examines the disparate contexts in which criminology is viewed as an academic enterprise.

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