Journal Article

How to Behave Like a Scientist?

Ken Pease

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 2, issue 2, pages 154-159
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online June 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
How to Behave Like a Scientist?

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The wish to re-orient the study of crime from conventional criminology smacks of arrogance and must be justified by reference to advantages that might be gained from such a re-orientation. It is contended that an eclectic approach seeking contributions across science disciplines would stimulate cross-discipline research; undermine the separation of natural and social science reflected in the structure of both Home Office and Research Councils and the content of university courses on crime; and remove obstacles to topic-led developments and the emergence of hybrid journals (which are characteristic of faster-advancing areas of scholarship). Examples of actual and potential cross-discipline work are provided and the mushroom growth of criminology as a discipline in tertiary education is argued to be inimical to the re-orientation advocated in this article.

Journal Article.  2623 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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