Reaction Paper #1

Reaction Paper #1 - Alicia Deal 01-19-05 CJ 760 Reaction...

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Alicia Deal CJ 760 01-19-05 Reaction Paper #1 From your perusal of the scholarly literature (i.e. Theoretical Criminology), select a source that discusses the question, “what constitutes good theory?” Write a brief summary of: key points, supportive evidence, and questions left unanswered/your critique. A theory, according to Curran and Renzetti (2001), is “a set of interconnected statements or propositions that explain how two or more events or factors are related to one another;” and is “usable knowledge” and “practical” (p.2). The theory must be “logically sound” and empirically verifiable.” Curran and Renzetti (2001) argue that there are several ways in which scientists and criminologists test the “superiority” of a theory. One way is by testing “the simplicity of its structure,” or its parsimony. More specifically, parsimony refers to a theory that is “based on the fewest assumptions and requiring the fewest statements or propositions to delineate the explanation” (p.3). Another way that a theorist may deem his theory as being superior is whether it “sensitizes people to things they other wise would not have noticed or that causes
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