Durkheim and Quinney on the Inevitability of Crime - A Comparative Theoretical Analysis (Article, 1982) [WorldCat.org]
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Durkheim and Quinney on the Inevitability of Crime - A Comparative Theoretical Analysis

Author: R E Hilbert; C W Wright
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Deviant Behavior, v4 n1 (October-December 1982): 67-87
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In the famous chapter from The Rules of Sociological Method (1964) on 'The Normal and the Pathological,' Durkheim suggests that the condition that generates crime is inevitable ('normal') and desirable. Quinney, in his Critique of Legal Order (1973), calls on us to imagine a society free of crime. The aim of the paper is to understand these conclusions concerning the inevitability of crime by reference to the  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: R E Hilbert; C W Wright
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 4769471792
Notes: ANNOTATION: This paper compares sociological theories of crime in an effort to expose the function of conceptualization in the process of doing science.
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In the famous chapter from The Rules of Sociological Method (1964) on 'The Normal and the Pathological,' Durkheim suggests that the condition that generates crime is inevitable ('normal') and desirable. Quinney, in his Critique of Legal Order (1973), calls on us to imagine a society free of crime. The aim of the paper is to understand these conclusions concerning the inevitability of crime by reference to the distinctive features of the conceptual schemes that were employed in their derivation. Major aspects of the schemes considered are the positions taken concerning the nature of law, the conditions under which law emerges, and the position of the criminal vis-a-vis the group whose sentiments are offended. These aspects are examined in an attempt to present the logical coherence of the two theories as well as the central points of divergence between them. (Publisher abstract)

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