Title

Theory integration in criminology: An appraisal and a quantum proposal

Date of Award

2002

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

John W. Murphy, Committee Chair

Abstract

Theory integration in criminology has been undertaken without providing a serious critical discussion of (1) its relationship to theory integration in sociology, (2) its formal definition as a theory-development strategy, (3) its success in achieving its goal---namely, producing complex explanations of crime---and (4) its theoretical bases. This dissertation addresses these issues and specifically focuses on the fourth problem by discussing the theoretical assumptions of this theoretical stratagem, and providing both a critique of the feasibility of these tenets and an alternative mode of integration based on quantum theory.

Keywords

Sociology, Theory and Methods; Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Link to Full Text

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