Criminological discovery: Understanding theoretical development with Social Network Analysis


After reading Cullen, Johnson, Myer, Adler (2011) and Laub’s (1983) work on the origins of criminological theory, we were inspired to create a database of criminological theorists and theories to statistically understand the emergence and growth of criminology.  Using Social Network Analysis, this novel method will provide a visual, descriptive, and statistical representation of the historical connections of theorists in criminology.  With SNA, we will indicate the average connections between theorists and the key players and moments in criminological theory development.  This particular paper focuses on the links among psychological and sociological positivists throughout history.  Relationships between theorists were identified from historical accounts, textbooks, and original works.

Click here to view the network of criminological thought time series video and various sociograms.