Rendezvous Disciplines Essay
Criminology is known as a ‘Rendezvous’ discipline; discuss the meaning and validity of this label
The purpose of this essay is to discuss the meaning and validity of the label criminology has as a ‘rendezvous discipline’. To do this, this essay illuminates where criminology originates from and what its primary focus is. The Chicago School, Lombrosian Theory, Positivist and Classical criminology, are discussed. Other disciplines namely Sociology, Psychology, and the Criminal Justice Sector are examined and applied to the broad subject of criminology, to show the network of how this subject came to be recognised as such a discipline. Exposed are main issues that occur for the likes of criminologists and other …show more content…
Criminology is a subject on its own, and simultaneously also interdisciplinary, which creates hurdles in definition. This is due to, as criminologist, Newburn (2007) illustrates ‘criminology is influenced by, and draws upon, psychology, sociology, legal theory and other subjects. Moreover, sometimes these approaches will appear rather at odds with each other’. He also gives three points he calls ‘great tributaries’ to the understanding of this subject: 1) The study of crime. 2) The study of those who commit crime. 3) The study of the criminal justice system.
As criminology is not only studied by criminologists, but also ‘adapted’ by sociologists and psychologists, it is interesting to see the contrast of definitions given by other