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Mechanistic Criminology

K. Ryan Proctor and Richard E. Niemeyer’s recent book Mechanistic Criminology (Routledge, 2019) develops mechanism-based schemas for several criminological theories: social learning, social control, and general strain. The book advances a neopositivist approach to theory-building, theory-testing and causal inference tests. Whilst I drew on cultural criminology understanding of terrorist subcultures and social learning mechanisms in my PhD this book provides new insights that will inform my post PhD research program.