Legitimizing Genocidal Scholarship: Delineating a Research Agenda for the 21st Century

George Yacoubian, Jr., University of Maryland
Blake J. Urbach

The last six decades have witnessed an extraordinary proliferation of white-collar crime research. Criminal offenses once viewed as either not researchable or practically insignificant are now considered invaluable to the future of criminology. Unfortunately, however, the study of genocide--an offense falling under the white-collar crime domain--continues to be ignored by scholars devoted to the discipline of criminology. This is an unfortunate exclusion. In the current essay, the crime of genocide is explored for its potential contributions to criminological scholarship. Theoretical and empirical evidence links genocidal behavior to four major components of criminology--criminological theory, corrections/sentencing, policing, and victimology. The analysis suggests that the study of genocidal behavior is worthy of criminological exploration and that criminologists would be well advised to pursue genocidal scholarship during the 21st century.

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