Criminology and the Problem of Causation
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The purpose of this chapter is to establish the problem with which the book is concerned. As such the focus of this chapter is to supply answers to the following question: why is a poor understanding of causal mechanisms, and causal explanations, a problem for theoretical criminology? I then set out the four main reasons why a poor understanding of causal argument is indeed a problem for criminology and how these issues can impact on understanding, theory design, data analysis and the age-old problem of distinguishing between causes and correlates.
KeywordsCause Correlation Criminological Problems
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