Challenging Criminological Theory

Challenging Criminological Theory : The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser

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This volume is divided into five sections that, when taken together, offer an informative account of the impact of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser's Social Sources of Delinquency on the development of American criminological thought. This classic book was her major contribution to the field.Section I tells the story of Kornhauser's brief but influential academic career. Section II probes deeply into the specific ways in which she challenged criminological theory and the subsequent responses that were forthcoming. Section III then presents commentary on specific lines of inquiry inspired by Kornhauser's book and orientation to criminological theory. Section IV explores recent efforts to move beyond Kornhauser's insights on communities and crime. Section V concludes with three critical essays contending that Social Sources of Delinquency paid insufficient attention to criminal motivation, the role of opportunity in offending, and gangs and girls.This volume-authored by prominent scholars-shows that Kornhauser's way of thinking about crime continues to be a starting point for much criminological theory today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 436 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 725.74g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • AldineTransaction
  • Somerset, United States
  • English
  • 1412854903
  • 9781412854900

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"The volume, one in a robust and important series, provides detail and analysis of a small body of work that has proved to be far more influential than might be anticipated, given the quantity. That Kornhauser's career and life was cut short is tragic. So too is the realization that she may have contributed far more to the understanding crime and criminal and delinquent behavior... Highly recommended." - F.E. Knowles, Choice Magazine
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About Francis T. Cullen

Francis T. Cullen is distinguished professor of criminal justice and sociology at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Pamela Wilcox is professor of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati, USA. Robert J. Sampson is Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, USA. Brendan D. Dooley is lecturer of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland, USA.
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Table of contents

Introduction: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner KornhauserFrancis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox Part I. Ruth Rosner Kornhauser: Life and Criminology 1. Ruth Rosner Kornhauser: A Personal and Intellectual History Anne M. Kornhauser 2. Ruth Rosner Kornhauser's 1963 Manuscript: An Introduction Brendan D. Dooley 3. Theoretical Issues in the Sociological Study of Juvenile Delinquency Ruth Rosner Kornhauser 4. Ruth and Me Travis HirschiPart II: Challenging Criminology 5. Social Sources of Delinquency and the Second Coming of Shaw and McKay Robert J. Bursik, Jr. 6. Social Structure, Culture, and Crime: Assessing Kornhauser's Challenge to Criminology Ross L. Matsueda 7. Challenging Kornhauser's Critique of Strain Theory Robert Agnew and Francis T. CullenPart III: Inspiring New Theoretical Visions 8. Strength of Control Theory Chester L. Britt and Barbara J. Costello 9. Cultural Disorganization and Crime Charis E. Kubrin 10. Social Disorganization, Collective Efficacy, and Macro-Level Theories of Social Control Barbara D. Warner and Robert J. SampsonPart IV: Beyond Kornhauser 11. Social Disorganization and Criminal Opportunity Pamela Wilcox and Kenneth C. Land 12. Concentrated Disadvantage, the Persistence of Legal Cynicism, and Crime: Revisiting the Conception of "Culture" in Criminology David S. Kirk and Andrew V. Papachristo 13. Neighborhoods, Social Networks, and Crime John R. Hipp and Adam BoessenPart V: Criticizing Kornhauser 14. The Contested Place of Motivation in Criminological Theory David F. Greenberg 15. Taking Criminal Opportunity Seriously: An Actor-Centered Approach Darrell J. Steffensmeier and Jeffery T. Ulmer 16. Bringing Gangs and Girls Back In Cheryl L. MaxsonContributorsIndex
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