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Values in criminology and community justice

Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior


This edited book considers the values both implicit and explicit in criminology and criminal justice. Taking Becker’s influential article “Whose Side Are We On?” (1967) as a starting point, the book debates issues concerning sociological enquiry about deviancy and crime which, by its very nature, cannot ever be entirely neutral or objective: “We must always look at the matter from someone’s point of view. The scientist who proposes to understand society must, as Mead long ago pointed out, get into the situation enough to have a perspective on it…..We can never avoid taking sides.” Becker, 1967 ... More

Keywords: Criminology, Criminal Justice System, Community Justice, Values, Policy

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Malcolm Cowburn, editor

Marian Duggan, editor

Anne Robinson, editor

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