Are We Facing Our Problems?: A Thematic Content Analysis

Jamie S. Martin, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Tammy Castle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kimberly D. Dodson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

ABSTRACT
This paper presents the findings of a survey assessing the general state of theory in criminology. Two hundred forty-one respondents from a randomly selected sample of ASC members were asked, via an open-ended question, to identify the two or three biggest problems/shortcomings that you think exist relevant to the current state of theory in criminology. A thematic content analysis was conducted on the responses, and the top 3 major problems were identified. A second content analysis was then conducted, using the main problem times, looking at articles published in the top three journals *as rated by the survey respondents) to see if the published work in the discipline is addressing the problems that were identified.

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