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Theories of Crime and Justice

Postmodern theories are an alternative to conventional theories and reject the concept of empiricism and objectivism. As a discipline, this can be seen as a problem for criminology, since, in order to assess the usefulness of a theory, we generally test it using acceptable research methods and practices. Despite this, postmodern theorists exist and have had some usefulness in the discipline.

In your opinion, what are the important concerns of postmodern theories?

In your opinion, what is the usefulness of postmodern thinking in the field of criminology? Does it in any way contribute toward understanding criminal behavior?

According to some theorists, postmodern theories should have no place in the field of criminology. Do you agree with this view? Why?

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In your opinion, what are the important concerns of postmodern theories?

Criminology is the body of knowledge and theories concerning three questions. The three questions tend to be: how and why certain categories of social activity come to be defined as crime, why such activity occurs in different types of situations and consequences by both formal institutional contrivances of criminal justice and informal mechanisms of social control. These three main concepts are what assist in defining the relevance of postmodern perspectives.

Over the last decade the 'postmodernist' theory has had a mounting influence in society and culture. Large concerns of postmodern theories include the rising amount of crime, the criminal is usually always responsible for her own actions, and that the deviant behavior of the individual is what caused them to go against the social norms that have been established by the ruling government. These concerns seem to be extremely definite without any type of ...

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Over the last decade the 'postmodernist' theory has had a mounting influence in society and culture. Large concerns of postmodern theories include the rising amount of crime, the criminal is usually always responsible for her own actions, and that the deviant behavior of the individual is what caused them to go against the social norms that have been established by the ruling government.

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