Critical Criminology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 39–60 | Cite as

Postmodern criminology in relation to radical and conflict criminology

  • Bruce A. Arrigo
  • Thomas J. Bernard


The literature on postmodern criminology suggests that there is some relationship between it and radical criminology. This relationship apparently is based in part on the ract that both are further related to conflict theory. However, conceptual analyses on these types of theories have not fully explicated whatever similarities and differences exist among them. This essay identifies six core theoretical assertions in conflict criminology and compares them to parallel assertions in radical and postmodern criminology. Such comparison is followed by a discussion on the relevance of conflict and radical theory as conceptual backdrops from which to comprehend postmodern inquiry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce A. Arrigo
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Bernard
    • 2
  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyUSA
  2. 2.Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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