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Reimagining Criminology: The Transformative Power of the Postmodern Paradigm

Raed S A Faqir1 (ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6102-0983)

& Ehab Alrousan2

The study delves into the substantial impact of the postmodern paradigm on the field of criminology, with a particular emphasis on its evolution, skepticism, and intricate relationship with modernity. Postmodernism challenges criminological norms with pluralism, deconstruction, and knowledge relativization. The study examines the postmodern paradigm’s impact on criminal theories, requiring reevaluation. It also highlights the need for adaptable policies in a postmodern society, advocating for the integration of diverse perspectives and strategies to effectively address the transformative effects. Employing a legal methodology encompassing descriptive and analytical approaches, the findings of this research unequivocally underscore the profound transformative impact of the postmodern paradigm on criminology. Notable concepts like pluralism, deconstruction, and the rejection of determinism redefine the understanding of criminal behavior, prompting policymakers to reconsider and modify existing policies. The study contributes to the scholarly discourse by revealing how the
postmodern paradigm reshapes criminological thought and urges policymakers to adopt
a more inclusive and nuanced approach to addressing contemporary crime.

Keywords: Postmodernism, criminology, pluralistic perspectives, deconstruction, criminal theories and adaptable policies