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Critical criminology and the social sciences
Critical criminology and the social sciences

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3 Exploring the 2008 global financial crisis from different disciplinary perspectives

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The 2008 global financial crisis has been widely described as the most severe worldwide economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. While there is some consensus around its main causes and consequences, the precise object(s) of focus for academics trying to make sense of the crisis are likely to differ, depending on their specific disciplinary approach.

In this section, you will be introduced to some of these differences as you explore the potential angles that academics from a legal, psychological, sociological and critical criminological background might take to the subject.