Science and Politics as Criminologists’ Vocations

  • Daniel Glaser
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)

Abstract

People become criminologists, I presume, not just from the excitement of crime stories that makes lawbreaking such a popular theme in movies and television, but also from a desire to help prevent crime, and to expand scientific knowledge about it. How do we mix our scientific focus on objective description and testable explanation with a political goal of increasing the effectiveness of crime control efforts? A useful first step in exploring this issue may be to distinguish three ways of trying to reduce crime, each of which poses different problems for the criminologist as scientist, and as politician or preacher.

Keywords

Crime Rate Crime Prevention American Sociological Review Preschool Program Crime Reduction 
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