Reconsidering Neutralization

David E. Huffer, University of Maryland

The development, modifications, and displacement of the concept of techniques of neutralization are presented in a historical representation along with details of the literature and a comprehensive review of research bearing on the subject. In assessing the modality of the concept, neutralization is localized within particular theoretical frameworks while necessarily dislodging it from others. When aligning the conception, answers to assumptive questions are provided and challenges to extant research are issued. Finally, testable propositions are deduced and explored in defending the relevance of this framework in contemporary criminology and results from an empirical assessment of these propositions are presented.

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