Experiments in Criminology and Law: A Research Revolution illustrates how experimental methods, particularly laboratory experiments, can be useful for researchers studying crime, deviance, and law. Scholars in these areas have typically relied on data from surveys, ethnographies, and government records. This book makes the case that laboratory experiments can help. The strengths of these experiments complement those of traditional methods and field experiments.
Christine Horne is associate professor of sociology at Washington State University and coeditor of Theories of Social Order. Michael J. Lovaglia is professor of sociology at the University of Iowa and the author of Knowing People: The Personal Use of Social Psychology, 2nd Edition.
1 Foreword 2 Why Experiment Now? Coordinating Research Methods to Accelerate Innovation in Law, Crime, and Deviance 3 Gottfredson and Hirschi in the Lab: An Experimental Test of the General Theory of Crime 4 Deterring Deviance: Rationality and Self-Control 5 Comment: Self-Control in the Lab 6 Norms and Neighborhoods: Explaining Variation in Informal Control 7 The Effects of Status and Peer Support on the Justification and Approval of Deviance 8 Comment: Social Influence in the Lab 9 Prosecutorial Misconduct in Serious Cases: Theory and Design of a Laboratory Experiment 10 Constructing Focal Points through Legal Expression: An Experimental Test 11 Comment: Exploring the LImits of Law 12 Whither Experiments in Crime, Deviance and Law? 13 Criminology as an Experimental Science 14 Thinking Experimental