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The Problem with Macrocriminology

James Q. Wilson

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917938.003.0029
The Problem with Macrocriminology

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This chapter takes on the challenges facing macrocriminology, a field of study that has “made very little progress” in understanding changes in the national crime rate. It contrasts this with the advances that have been made in understanding individual differences in offending, what is referred to as microcriminology. A discussion ensues on some of the key factors that have been put forth to explain changes in the crime rate.

Keywords: crime rates; offending; microcriminology; macrocriminology

Chapter.  3594 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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