Stone Walls and Men

Stone Walls and Men

Stone Walls and Men

Stone Walls and Men

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Among the most pressing and challenging problems confronting civilization are those produced by the phenomenon called crime. When we consider the technical achievements man has scored against the unfriendly fragment of the universe which stages both his birth and his burial, the persistence of a kind of behavior so opposed to his best interests appears strange and even terrifying. To understand such a variety of behavior and to develop techniques for controlling it, is the task of criminology, a slightly retarded child of the social and biological sciences.

The reason for the retardation of the study of crimes and criminals is to be found in the fact that, unlike such independent sciences as physics and chemistry, progress in criminology is utterly dependent upon advances in related disciplines. Until from psychology he can obtain reliable explanations for human behavior, the criminologist is at a loss to explain any given instance of crime. Until sociology provides a valid descriptive terminology with which to depict the anatomy and mechanics of the social organism, the criminologist cannot estimate the role in crime of the social setting.

This crippling dependence seems to have fostered among some students of criminology an attitude of resigned despair and a fearfulness which is expressed by desperate clinging to ideological life rafts. So, for instance, one criminologist will exploit the shoddy remnants of Association Theory (transposing ways of behaving for ideas) to construct an inclusive ex-

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