Proposal for a typology in criminology from a place-oriented perspective


SECURITY JOURNAL, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1057/s41284-019-00227-0
  • Title of Journal : SECURITY JOURNAL


Crime is a major 'research subject' in the social sciences and a 'concern' in policy making. Hence, criminology emerged as a specialised discipline which is gradually building a theoretical body of its own. However, since the phenomenon of crime is highly complex and multi-dimensional, any single theory of crime cannot cover all aspects. What is more critical is the effective use and improvement of these theories. Through analytical investigation, theories are categorised and represented both in a 'generic diagram' and in a 'detailed typologyfor criminological theories from aplace-oriented (spatio-temporality) perspective', according to their "placeliness" and "placelessness"; direct or indirect relationship toplace-basedor other causal contexts; and scale ofecologicalanalysis as micro, meso, or macro. These categories, within whichnew ecologyis further differentiated as "early" and "late", are identified with respect to their reasoning and perception of the concept in the historical-structural conditions they were founded in, the research question, the research fields and the policy proposals. It is expected that drawing a holistic picture of theories has a potential to support criminology researchers with a higher awareness of their domain.