[Sir Leon Radzinowicz.] Duplicated typed copy of a lecture to the Second United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, titled 'Criminological and Penological Research'.

Sir Leon Radzinowicz (1906-1999), criminologist, founding director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge
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[London, England.] 'Lecture to be delivered on Monday 15th August [1960] (afternoon: hour to be fixed)'.
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19pp., foolscap 8vo. On ten leaves stapled together in one corner. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper with staining from staple. He introduces his subject as follows in the first paragraph: 'I regard it as a great honour to have been invited by Professor Lopez-Rey, on behalf of the Secretariat of the United Nations, to address the Second United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders. The subject assigned to me is criminological and penological research, a fascinating but intricate theme. I am honoured, but also embarrassed, for how can I be expected to say something new or important in so distinguished a company of experts from so many parts of the world? I cannot but anticipate that much of what I have to say will appear to you self-evident or commonplace.' After providing an 'astounding list' of the 'sub-divisions' of criminology, Razinowicz anounces that he deprecates 'those elaborate definitions and sub-divisions and the rather naive belief that clear-cut definitions can be provided', proposing instead the 'workmanlike description' given in the lecture. The only copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat at Birmingham. The lecture was republished in a revised form in Radzinowicz's collection 'In Search of Criminology' (Harvard, 1962). This item derives from the papers of the English journalist George Bilainkin (c.1903-1981).