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Defining Crime: A Critique of the Concept and its Implication

Edited by: Michael J. Lynch, Paul B. Stretesky, Michael A. Long

ISBN13: 9781137479341
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00

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Defining Crime explores the limitations of the legal definition of crime, how that politically based definition has shaped criminological research, and why criminologists must redefine crime to include scientific objectivity. Lynch, Stretesky, and Long argue that a scientific definition of crime must be detached from criminal law and the variation the political construction imposes. The authors propose an alternative definition of crime, explore its limitations, and how it can reshape criminological research.

Criminal Law, Criminology
1. Concerning the Definition of Crime 2. Let's Think About Crime 3. What is Crime? 4. Crime and Science 5. Crime and the Individual 6. Crime, the Concept versus Its Measurement as a Violation of the Criminal Law 7. Framing a Definition of Crime: Toward the Crime Definition 1.0 8. Concerns with the Explanation of Crime 9. Conclusion