In Praise of Critical Criminology

Carlen, P (2005) In Praise of Critical Criminology. Outlines: Critical Social Studies, 7(2), pp. 83-90.

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This short essay examines the relationship between academic research and policy with particular emphasis on the question of whether a critical criminology can engage in academic critique at the same time as engaging in policy oriented research. Recognising that critical criminology falls between theory and politics criminologists are urged to adopt pragmatic, strategic positions as they negotiate their role in contentious debates and practical minefi elds. It is concluded that a critical criminology must try not only to think the unthinkable about crime, but also to speak the unspeakable about the conditions in which and by which it is known.

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ID Code: 51668
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
ISSN: 1904-0210
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:50
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 05:30

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