Applying Complexity Theory

Whole Systems Approaches to Criminal Justice and Social Work

Edited by Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Applying Complexity Theory

Edited by Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas

Distributed for Bristol University Press

328 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447311409 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Complexity theory—which examines the dynamic interactions of parts in a system—has increasingly been used to study human organizations. This is the first book to explore its application to professions in criminal justice and social work. It brings together experts in this emerging theoretical field from a range of different perspectives, providing detailed but accessible discussions of the key issues at hand, including the nature of complex adaptive systems, their application to service delivery, and the efficacy and ethics of criminal justice and social work interventions. Together the contributors demonstrate the usefulness of complexity theory in addressing some of our most significant and intractable social problems.  


   ~ Aaron Pycroft and Clemens Bartollas
Complexity Theory: An over view

   ~ Aaron Pycroft
Risk, Attractors and Organisational Behaviour

   ~ Paul Jennings
Why Do People Commit Crime? An Integrated Systems Perspective

   ~ Matthew Robinson
Complexity and the Emergence of Grassroots Social Work and Criminal Justice Programmes

   ~ Michael Wolf Branigin
Child Protection Practice and Complexity

   ~ Peter Hassett and Irene Stevens
Youth justice: From linear risk paradigm to complexity

   ~ Stephen Case and Kevin Haines
The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: A case study in policing and complexity

   ~ John Grieve
Intersecting Contexts of Oppression within Complex Public System

   ~ Charmaine McPherson and Elizabeth McGibbon
Complexity Theory, Trans-disciplinary Working and Reflective Practice

   ~ Fiona McDermott
Probation Practice and Creativity in England and Wales: A Complex Systems Analysis

   ~ Aaron Pycroft
Responding to Domestic Abuse: Multi Agented Systems, Probation Programmes and Emergent Outcomes

   ~ Sarah Lewis
Complexity, Law and Ethics

   ~ Bruce Arrigo and Christopher Williams
Constituting the System: Radical Developments in Post Positivist Society

   ~ Clemens Bartollas

   ~ Clemens Bartollas and Aaron Pycroft

Review Quotes
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
“A challenging, insightful, and engaging text that goes a long way in convincing readers of the value of applying complexity theory to criminal justice and social work.”
Eileen Munro | London School of Economics
“This book provides persuasive arguments for breaking away from the Newtonian paradigm of a linear, controllable world and working with the complexity of social systems.”
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