Criminology’s first paradigm

Authored by: Marcus Felson

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
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I once picked up a newspaper whose fashion page headline was “A New Paradigm in Women’s Shoes.” Unfortunately, the word “paradigm” has been popularized and misapplied. Some observers have even claimed that a scientific field can have “multiple paradigms,” thus avoiding a need to agree on basics. Unfortunately, these observers misunderstand the requirements for science to progress.

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