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Applying complexity theory: Whole systems approaches to criminal justice and social work

Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas


Approaches based around complexity theory are increasingly being used in the study of organisations and the delivery of services. This is the first book to explore the application of complexity theory to difficult practice issues in criminal justice and social work and is intended to stimulate debate. It brings together experts in this emerging field to address complexity theory from a range of perspectives (positivist, realist, and constructivist), providing a detailed but accessible discussion of the key issues to whole systems approaches. The chapters cover theory and research on the nature ... More

Keywords: complexity theory, application, criminal justice, social work, positivist, realist, constructivist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447311409
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447311409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Pycroft, editor
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth

Clemens Bartollas, editor
University of Northern Iowa School of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology

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