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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Francis T. Cullen & Pamela Wilcox

Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Wolfgang, Marvin E., and Franco Ferracuti: Subculture of Violence Theory

Robert D. Hanser

Marvin E. Wolfgang and Franco Ferracuti have been touted as among the most widely cited criminological scholars in history. Their primary work, titled The Subculture of Violence , represents a marvel achievement among interdisciplinary researchers. Wolfgang was a professor of sociology while Ferracuti was an Italian professor of psychology as well as a physician. When considering this combination of disciplines that both authors brought into their research and when considering that these authors provided a cross-cultural (if not multicultural) perspective to their research, it is no wonder that their work has been considered an unparalleled achievement addressing the complexities associated with multidisciplinary and multicultural approaches. As E. E. Sainsbury (p. 63) noted when this thesis was first released, “interdisciplinary research usually results in a disjointed display of separate systems of knowledge,” which often limits the means by which a given project can maximally benefit from the multiple perspectives available—perspectives that ...

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