Theoretical Integration: Has It Worked?

Austin T. Turk, University of California - Riverside

Since the Albany Conference of 1987, debate over the feasibility or utility of integrating theories has waned. Several notable integrations have been offered by theorists across the range of intellectual and political orientations. Review of these efforts shows that while they have been stimulating, (1) the distinction between theories and models has been ignored, blurred, or transcended (depending on one's perspective), and (2) integrations have been within rather than across orientations differing in how criminality is defined and studied. Whether theoretical issues have been resolved by integrating theories is still debatable.

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