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The Aim of Criminology
A discussion on the theory behind the field of criminology.
# 115044 | 2,803 words | 3 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jul 03, 2009 in Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (General)

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The paper explains that criminology is the study of criminal behavior through a scientific means to seek a method for best diverting the mass society from committing criminal acts. The paper looks at various views of criminology, including those of Cesare Beccaria and Jeremy Bentham, Cesare Lombroso's notion of determinism, the Chicago School's view, the routine activities theory, the social disorganization theory and finally, Durkheim's ideas. The paper suggests that today, criminology should turn its focus toward the minority poor communities in seeking the root cause of the sentencing disparity prevalent in minority areas.

Classical Criminology
The Chicago School's View of Criminology
Routine Activities Theory
Social Disorganization Theory
Durkheim's Anomie
Summary and Conclusion

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Demelo, Diane (2008) Criminological Theory. Online available at:
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  • Cowling Mark (2006) Postmodern Policies? The Erratic Interventions of Constitutive Criminology. Internet Journal of Criminology. 2006. Online available at:

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