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In Search of the “Big Lacuna”: Assessing “Crime Knowledge” Using a Theory Driven Systematic Review

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How much do criminologists know about crime? Recently, Weisburd and Piquero (2008) examined criminology’s ability to explain offending by analyzing explanatory power in criminological research. They found considerable amounts of unexplained variance in crime across theories suggesting room for theoretical progress. They also discovered that crime-specific models might be superior to individual-based models in explaining crime. Though Weisburd and Piquero shed light on how well criminologists explain offending, they do not address how much criminologists know about actual crime events. This paper begins to examine this unexplored gap: how well do criminologists understand crime itself? I discuss a theory-based metric that describes an ideal standard for full “crime knowledge”. The metric can be used to assess “crime knowledge” by applying it to a systematic literature review of common crime types and comparing what we know against the ideal standard. Identifying knowledge gaps reveals areas where policy might be difficult and helps guide future research and theory development.
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Heinonen, Justin. "In Search of the “Big Lacuna”: Assessing “Crime Knowledge” Using a Theory Driven Systematic Review" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373169_index.html>

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Heinonen, J. A. "In Search of the “Big Lacuna”: Assessing “Crime Knowledge” Using a Theory Driven Systematic Review" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373169_index.html

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Abstract: How much do criminologists know about crime? Recently, Weisburd and Piquero (2008) examined criminology’s ability to explain offending by analyzing explanatory power in criminological research. They found considerable amounts of unexplained variance in crime across theories suggesting room for theoretical progress. They also discovered that crime-specific models might be superior to individual-based models in explaining crime. Though Weisburd and Piquero shed light on how well criminologists explain offending, they do not address how much criminologists know about actual crime events. This paper begins to examine this unexplored gap: how well do criminologists understand crime itself? I discuss a theory-based metric that describes an ideal standard for full “crime knowledge”. The metric can be used to assess “crime knowledge” by applying it to a systematic literature review of common crime types and comparing what we know against the ideal standard. Identifying knowledge gaps reveals areas where policy might be difficult and helps guide future research and theory development.


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