Ideology and Etiology in Twentieth Century Criminology

Charles E. Reasons, Central Washington University

In his classic book, Ideology and Crime, Radzinowicz relates penal practice to historical social and ideological conditions. While the issue of ideology and crime was a prominent topic in the 1960's and 1970's, it has subsequently given way to more "practical" concerns. This survey looks at criminology textbooks in the United States and their respective theories throughout the twentieth century. Using a sociology of knowledge approach, various theories and perspectives are discussed in the context of social change, including the "new" criminologies and the rise of the criminal justice field.

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