Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Gary W. Potter
Victor E. Kappeler
Peter B. Kraska
There has been a push since the early 1980’s for a paradigm shift in criminology from a Newtonian-based ontology to one of quantum physics. Primarily this effort has taken the form of integrating Chaos Theory into Criminology into what this thesis calls ‘Chaos Criminology’. However, with the melding of any two fields, terms and concepts need to be translated properly, which has yet to be done. In addition to proving a translation between fields, this thesis also uses a set of criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of the current use of Chaos Theory in Criminology. While the results of the theory evaluation reveal that the current Chaos Criminology work is severely lacking and in need of development, there is some promise in the development of Marx’s dialectical materialism with Chaos Theory.
Copyright 2016 Adrienne Leigh McCarthy
McCarthy, Adrienne Leigh, "Chaos Criminology: A Critical Inquiry" (2016). Online Theses and Dissertations. 396.