In the current economic climate, this book could not be more timely. One of the world's leading experts explores the connections between crime and economic conditions, linking the formal economy to the operation of illegal markets and both, in turn, to changes in the forms and levels of crime over time.
The book offers a readable, interesting and accessible analysis, covering a range of theoretical and empirical approaches. It addresses a range of different criminal activities, including: violent crime; burglary; drug crime; white collar crime; organised crime; fraud; corporate crime
Crime and the Economy is written in plain English, technical terms (when used) are be explained clearly, examples punctuate the discussion, and visual material is used throughout to explain the topics under discussion. It is essential reading for undergraduates and graduates in criminology and sociology.
Chapter Two: The Theoretical Toolkit of Contemporary Criminology
The Theoretical Toolkit of Contemporary Criminology
A common refrain in everyday arguments goes something like this: ‘I hear what you say, but that's only a theory’. Such a statement reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of theory. It relegates theory to second-class status by implying that theoretical knowledge is inferior to some other type of knowledge, perhaps knowledge of the ‘facts’. Yet philosophers of science have extolled the virtues of theory, explaining that good theories not only account for widely observed regularities in the world around us – the ‘facts’ – they also ‘afford a deeper and more accurate understanding of the phenomena in question’ (Hempel, 1966: 70). Indeed, the distinguishing feature of a mature scientific discipline is precisely ...