Theorist Project

Theorist Project - Theorist Project Due Dates See Study Guide Project Requirements Your project will focus on a particular theorist The theorist

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Theorist Project Due Dates: See Study Guide Project Requirements: Your project will focus on a particular theorist. The theorist must be generally considered to be a criminologist or have written in a closely related field. Focus must be upon the contribution made to criminological thought by the theorist. The paper must include four subtopics: (1) the historical context within which the theorist produced their ideas: Discuss the historical, social and political environment in which the theorist developed their model(s). Pfohl is quite good at doing this in his chapters and could be used as a model for what needs to be discussed. However, you should not be relying upon this textbook for this, and find sources that cover social history and academic history. Besides intellectual biographies of your theorist, social histories of the era, city or region, and/or university in which the theorist worked might prove valuable. For example, if you are discussing a conflict criminologist from the 1960s, Todd Gitlin's work on the 1960s would be quite useful to put things into context. Or, on the place of subcultural delinquency theory in the U.S. of the 1950s see Gilbert’s A Cycle of Outrage . Include your full bibliography with this submission (and for all later sections). See an acceptable example . See another example . This one thoroughly integrates the theorist's academic biography with the social events of his era. (2) a summary of their original theory: Present a summary of the most important criminological points of the theorist's model(s). This should come from original sources written by the theorist(s) themselves rather than commentary. Be only as complex as necessary, but if
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the theorist's ideas changed over their career be sure to include discussion. If the theorist is not primarily a criminologist (psychologist, sociologist, etc.) focus only on aspects of their work which have direct criminological significance. You can't use the Pfohl textbook for this or remaining sections. See an excellent example . The essay chooses 5 concepts which have driven the work of Wilson and show how these ideas evolved over his career writings. (3) discussion of how the model has been critiqued and altered as new research has emerged: Discuss the major criticisms of the theory. Review critical articles and books. The way to do this is to discuss the criticisms one at a time, then detail the critics who suggested them, rather than vice versa. Comprehensive critics should be discussed last. If the theory has been further developed as a result of response to criticism, discuss it. Let me further elaborate on some of these sentences. I suggest a model here of grouping the criticisms by the "specific criticisms." For example, some critics might attack the population or sample a theorist used (e.g. Hirschi never included girls in his studies, so none of his work can apply to female delinquency). Others might attack a theorist's overgeneralizations or historical limitations. Pfohl can give you some excellent ideas for how each theorist has
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Theorist Project - Theorist Project Due Dates See Study Guide Project Requirements Your project will focus on a particular theorist The theorist

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