Imagining Criminology: An Alternative Paradigm

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Social Science - 201 pages
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Critiques contemporary positivist-based criminology and proposes an alternative that is not in itself a new theory but a new orienting perspective, a different way of perceiving reality, under which existing theories can be used and reinterpreted. Because Williams proposes a metatheory rather than a
 

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Contents

Recent Criminological Theorizing
23
A Critique of Contemporary Criminological
55
Conceptualizing and Measuring
103
Chaos Complex Systems and SelfOrganized
117
A CriticalIncident OrientingPerspective
141
Specific Features of the Perspective
153
Implications of a CriticalIncident Metatheory
169
Conclusions
185
Index
195
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FRANK P. WILLIAMS III is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston, Downtown. He has taught for the past 30 years and was Chair at California State University, San Bernardino for nine years. He is the author of many books including Criminological Theory, now in its fourth edition, and Imagining Criminology.