Paradigm Drift and Criminological Theory

  • Jason Warr


This chapter is concerned with the second section of this book: namely, the apparent paradigm shift/drift, in relation to causal explanations, that has occurred, and continues to occur, within the discourse of criminology. Utilising the notion of paradigm shift as introduced by Thomas Kuhn, this chapter examines why criminological theory has changed and developed. As such, various forms of criminological theory (including Life Course, Routine Activity and Developmental Life Cours`e) that have tried to move away from the Humean form of theorising will be explicated. It will be shown how this theory development has led to dissatisfaction with contemporary causal modelling and the search for ever greater explanatory power. It is this facet of theorising that is evidence of a paradigm shift within the field of criminology.


Developmental Kuhn Paradigm Routine Scientific Theory 


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  • Jason Warr
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  1. 1.University of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom

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