Building on the shoulders of Bhaskar and Matthews : a critical realist criminology

Wilkinson, M ORCID:, Quraishi, MM ORCID:, Irfan, L ORCID: and Schneuwly Purdie, M ORCID: 2021, 'Building on the shoulders of Bhaskar and Matthews : a critical realist criminology' , Journal of Critical Realism , pp. 1-22.

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Building on the insights of the late Roy Bhaskar and the late Roger Matthews, as well as some recent developments in ultra-realist criminology, this article introduces and delineates some core intellectual contours of a Critical Realist Criminology (CRC) based on the principles of: 1. The ‘emergent,’ stratified ontology of crime and of the offender; 2. the full critical realist account of the dialectics of being and becoming, including the spiritual turn in critical realism, applied to processes of criminal justice and reform; 3. maximal inclusion of diverse theoretical research positions and the primacy of ontology in methodological selection; 4. a ‘serious’ critical relationship of criminologists with professionals, institutions and policy-makers of criminal justice. These principles are directed at developing a criminology that ‘underlabours’ the recovery of human flourishing for the victims and perpetrators of crime and for society at large, including in-depth inquiry into what counts as crime and the purposes of incarceration.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Critical Realism
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1476-7430
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Depositing User: USIR Admin
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 10:22
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 17:04

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