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criminology

Definition of Criminology

(noun) The study of the causes and control of criminal behavior in society.

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Criminology Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: criminologies
  • Criminology is viewed as a sub-field of sociology by some and its own discipline by others.
  • A type of social science.
  • Type: penology
  • Also called criminal justice.
  • A specialist in criminology is a (noun) criminologist and studies (adjective) criminologic or (adjective) criminological information (adverb) criminologically.

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Criminology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “criminology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/criminology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

criminology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/criminology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “criminology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/criminology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“criminology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/criminology/>.