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
  • 152 x 229 x 33.02mm | 703g
  • AldineTransaction
  • Somerset, United States
  • English
  • 1412854903
  • 9781412854900

Table of contents

Introduction: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser
Francis 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 Hirschi

Part 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. Cullen

Part 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. Sampson

Part 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 Boessen

Part 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. Maxson


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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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