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The reasoning criminal vs. Homer Simpson: conceptual challenges for crime science

Bouhana, N; (2013) The reasoning criminal vs. Homer Simpson: conceptual challenges for crime science. FRONTIERS IN HUMAN NEUROSCIENCE , 7 , Article ARTN 682. 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00682. Green open access

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Abstract

A recent disciplinary offshoot of criminology, crime science (CS) defines itself as “the application of science to the control of crime.” One of its stated ambitions is to act as a cross-disciplinary linchpin in the domain of crime reduction. Despite many practical successes, notably in the area of situational crime prevention (SCP), CS has yet to achieve a commensurate level of academic visibility. The case is made that the growth of CS is stifled by its reliance on a model of decision-making, the Rational Choice Perspective (RCP), which is inimical to the integration of knowledge and insights from the behavioral, cognitive and neurosciences (CBNs). Examples of salient developments in the CBNs are provided, as regards notably multiple-system perspectives of decision-making and approaches to person-environment interaction. Short and long-term benefits of integration for CS are briefly outlined.

Type: Article
Title: The reasoning criminal vs. Homer Simpson: conceptual challenges for crime science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00682
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00682
Additional information: © 2013 Bouhana. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. PubMed ID: 24167482
Keywords: crime science, situational crime prevention, rational choice, decision-making, theory
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1409125
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