Inclusion in the Discipline of Criminology

Helen Taylor Greene, Old Dominion University

Scholars have attempted to define the core of the criminology body of knowledge for some time. The topic is still debatable and there are several issues that seem to remain on the periphery of the core. This paper will present an overview of the importance of including a broader contextual framework in the study of crime. Such a framework will take into consideration the social, economic, historical, and political contexts that contribute to crime and delinquency. The paper highlights efforts to include the contributions of black scholars, proponents of a multi-factor framework of analysis, in the criminology core. It will examine whether or not, and to what extent, the criminology core has been transformed as a result of inclusion.

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Updated 05/20/2006