deconstructionist theory | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminology

Deconstructionist theory is a perspective in criminology that seeks to understand crime and criminal behavior by examining the underlying power dynamics and cultural narratives that shape our understanding of these concepts.

Deconstructionist theorists argue that crime and criminal behavior are not objective phenomena but rather are socially constructed through the language and discourse that we use to define and understand them. From this perspective, crime and criminal behavior are not inherent or essential qualities of certain individuals or groups but rather are the product of complex social, cultural, and political processes. Deconstructionist theory is often used to critique traditional approaches to crime and criminal justice and emphasizes the importance of considering the social and cultural context in which crime occurs.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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