Criminology as a Voyage of Rediscovery

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 509–510. Reviews the book, The Search for Criminal Man: A Conceptual History of the Dangerous Offender by Ysabel Rennie (1978). This book weaves a tapestry of the entire discipline of criminology. The book reviews the history of ideas that gave warrant to the assignment of the label “dangerous” to certain classes of men, women, and children. This is one in a series of books sponsored by the Academy for Contemporary Problems under the title The Dangerous Offender Project. The book addresses five of the major problems of criminology. This book makes a contribution to the human sciences. I would recommend this book to the general reader interested in a history of criminology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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