Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime

Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi’s General Theory of Crime European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 2004 – 1 61 European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 12/1, 61–82, 2004 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Stefan Schulz 1 Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi’s General Theory of Crime 1. INTRODUCTION In his review essay on Gottfredson and Hirschi’s book, A General Theory of Crime, Barlow 2 reminded us of Robert K. Merton who, about forty-five years ago, argued that the social science was not ready for the formulation of a ‘master conceptual scheme from which it is hoped to derive a very large number of empirically uniformi- ties of social behavior (Merton, 1957, 5-7).’ 3 Merton recommended less imposing but better grounded theories of the middle range, forging a closer connection be- tween theory and research. Gottfredson and Hirschi (in the following also referred to as G & H) claim to have since then found enough evidence which may be used for the construction of a general theory of crime, based on the tenets of classical theory/ rational choice theory. G & H http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Brill

Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi's General Theory of Crime

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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0928-9569
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1571-8174
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10.1163/1571817041268856
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Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi’s General Theory of Crime European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 2004 – 1 61 European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Vol. 12/1, 61–82, 2004 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Stefan Schulz 1 Problems with the Versatility Construct of Gottfredson and Hirschi’s General Theory of Crime 1. INTRODUCTION In his review essay on Gottfredson and Hirschi’s book, A General Theory of Crime, Barlow 2 reminded us of Robert K. Merton who, about forty-five years ago, argued that the social science was not ready for the formulation of a ‘master conceptual scheme from which it is hoped to derive a very large number of empirically uniformi- ties of social behavior (Merton, 1957, 5-7).’ 3 Merton recommended less imposing but better grounded theories of the middle range, forging a closer connection be- tween theory and research. Gottfredson and Hirschi (in the following also referred to as G & H) claim to have since then found enough evidence which may be used for the construction of a general theory of crime, based on the tenets of classical theory/ rational choice theory. G & H

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

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