Reflecties over de maatschappelijke verantwoordelijkheid van de criminologische wetenschap(per) (en andere maatschappijwetenschappen)

auteur Lode Walgrave
tijdschrift Panopticon (ISSN: 771-1409)
jaargang Jaargang | Volume 35
aflevering Issue 4. July / August 2014
onderdeel Artikel | Article
publicatie datum 11 juli 2014
taal Dutch
pagina 288
keywords criminologie, democracy, social ethical responsibility, sociaalethische verantwoordelijkheid, democratie, criminology

Reflections on the social responsibility of criminology (and other social sciences)
All citizens, including social scientists, have to take responsibility for the quality of social life. This article explores how criminology can do so. Basically, three dimensions are advanced: (1) the intrinsic quality of the research methodology, which is wider than the traditional positivist approaches, (2) the autonomy of research, which does not exclude research in cooperation with governments, and (3) the commitment to the quality of social life, which is not contradictory to the concern for high level scientific research. The main social mission of criminological research is to feed the public democratic debate on crime and security issues in society.

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