I had to rely on the Internet for this one, because I didn't find anything in any of my books about this theory. But I wanted to know more about it and how someone could up with the correct response from this clue. I texted this clue to a friend who has a degree in criminology, and she didn't know the answer. However, she did not know the category. I gave that to her, but she simply asked me what the answer was. I don't think she knew I was still hoping she'd answer. If anyone reading this has a criminology degree, I'd love to hear from you, too. I also asked about this on the Jeopardy! message boards and on Twitter. I didn't hear from anyone on Twitter, but these were two responses on the boards:
- "I feel the 'hanging around with a bad crowd' part of the clue was facile and misleading. It doesn't help at all, and in fact muddies the water. I also don't see criminology as a branch of sociology, any more than so many other -ologies are, although I suppose technically it might be."
- "I don't know about 'unreasonably hard,' but it wasn't very clear IMO. My first thought was "criminology" but I immediately dismissed that because that was an awfully poor definition of criminology. In retrospect I think it wasn't supposed to be a definition, but more along the lines of 'what -ology involves this theory?' At any rate I clammed, then slapped myself."