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The branch of science concerned with the physical and mental characteristics and behavior of criminals.
[L. crimen, crime, + G. logos, study]
(1) The study of criminal behavior (forensic psychiatry)
(2) The study of the nature, causes, and means of handling criminal acts, viewed from the perspective of the police


the study of crime, the people who commit crimes, and penal codes used to deter crime and punish criminals.
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Critical criminologies need utopian visions to create a common ground.
Now is not the time for critical criminologies to indulge in nihilism, shameless impossibilism, or misplaced pragmatics.
Critical criminologies must assume the analysis of postmodernity as a major occupation, since postmodernity' s perverse capitalist dynamics structure contemporary (im)possibilities for human action and emancipation.