Against Marginality: Arguments for a Public Criminology

Currie, E (2007) Against Marginality: Arguments for a Public Criminology. Theoretical Criminology: an international journal, 11(2), pp. 175-190.

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Despite its accumulated theoretical and empirical heft, the discipline of criminology has had distressingly little impact on the course of public policy toward crime and criminal justice. This article addresses the sources of that troubling marginality, with special emphasis on the powerful disincentives to greater public impact that operate within the discipline itself and the research universities that mainly house it—including the pressure to publish ever more narrow research in peer-reviewed journals at the expense of efforts at synthesis and dissemination that could serve to educate a broader public. Achieving a greater voice in the world outside the discipline will require a concerted move toward a more explicitly public criminology, and seeing to it that the work of such a criminology is more reliably supported and rewarded within the universities and the profession as a whole.

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ID Code: 51698
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1177/1362480607075846
ISSN: 1362-4806
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 06:10
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 03:19

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