The Craft of Criminology

The Craft of Criminology : Selected Papers

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Travis Hirschi is one of the most cited criminologists of the twentieth century. His work has provoked controversy and heated debates about the causes of crime, proper research methods, and the most effective policies to prevent and control crime. Known as a spokesperson for social control theory, Hirschi always ties his ideas to the mode of investigation and the mode of investigation to substantive concerns. Theoretical contributions and research methodology have been twin driving forces throughout his career. This book contains representative selections of Hirshi's work over many years. It is remarkable how little is known about Hirschi's life and career. John H. Laub's introduction combines a discerning account of Hirschi's life and work, accompanied by an interview with the author. Laub's volume covers various topics: methodological issues; principles of casual analysis; criteria of causality; longitudinal research on crime; rules and the study of deviant behavior; correlations between crime and delinquency; control theory of delinquency; intelligence, causes, and prevention of delinquency; family structure and crime; theory of crime; crime and criminality; deviance; white collar crime; and juvenile justice systems. Now available in paperback, this is an invaluable text for courses in criminology, as well as a valuable addition to professional libraries.show more

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  • Hardback | 380 pages
  • 159 x 243.8 x 30.5mm | 680.4g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765801426
  • 9780765801425

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"This important book examines the craft of craft of criminology by presenting a case study of the life of one criminologist, Travis Hirschi. Anyone who wants to understand Hirschi's work, or who wants to understand criminology as an on-going enterprise, should read this book." --Tom Bernard, "Pennsylvania State University" "John Laub perfectly captures the craftful criminology of Travis Hirschi in this wonderful collection of his most influential essays....Every serious student of crime must read this book, cover to cover, for its bold criminological thought, its insights into academic criminology, and not least, its reflection of the wry sense of humor and perspective of a remarkable criminologist. Hirschi and Laub make us think and smile, often at the same time." --John Hagan, "Northwestern University" -This important book examines the craft of craft of criminology by presenting a case study of the life of one criminologist, Travis Hirschi. Anyone who wants to understand Hirschi's work, or who wants to understand criminology as an on-going enterprise, should read this book.- --Tom Bernard, Pennsylvania State University -John Laub perfectly captures the craftful criminology of Travis Hirschi in this wonderful collection of his most influential essays....Every serious student of crime must read this book, cover to cover, for its bold criminological thought, its insights into academic criminology, and not least, its reflection of the wry sense of humor and perspective of a remarkable criminologist. Hirschi and Laub make us think and smile, often at the same time.- --John Hagan, Northwestern University "This important book examines the craft of craft of criminology by presenting a case study of the life of one criminologist, Travis Hirschi. Anyone who wants to understand Hirschi's work, or who wants to understand criminology as an on-going enterprise, should read this book." --Tom Bernard, Pennsylvania State University "John Laub perfectly captures the craftful criminology of Travis Hirschi in this wonderful collection of his most influential essays....Every serious student of crime must read this book, cover to cover, for its bold criminological thought, its insights into academic criminology, and not least, its reflection of the wry sense of humor and perspective of a remarkable criminologist. Hirschi and Laub make us think and smile, often at the same time." --John Hagan, Northwestern University "This important book examines the craft of craft of criminology by presenting a case study of the life of one criminologist, Travis Hirschi. Anyone who wants to understand Hirschi's work, or who wants to understand criminology as an on-going enterprise, should read this book." --Tom Bernard, Pennsylvania State University "John Laub perfectly captures the craftful criminology of Travis Hirschi in this wonderful collection of his most influential essays....Every serious student of crime must read this book, cover to cover, for its bold criminological thought, its insights into academic criminology, and not least, its reflection of the wry sense of humor and perspective of a remarkable criminologist. Hirschi and Laub make us think and smile, often at the same time." --John Hagan, Northwestern Universityshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Life and Work of Travis Hirschi Part 1: Methodological Issues 1. Principles of Causal Analysis Travis Hirschi and Hanan C. Selvin 2. False Criteria of Causality in Delinquency Research Travis Hirschi and Hanan C. Selvin 3. Procedural Rules and the Study of Deviant Behavior Travis Hirschi 4. The Methodological Adequacy of Longitudinal Research on Crime Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi Part 2: Causes and Correlates of Crime and Delinquency 5. A Control Theory of Delinquency Travis Hirschi 6. Hellfire and Delinquency Travis Hirschi and Rodney Stark 7. Causes and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency Travis Hirschi 8. Intelligence and Delinquency: A Revisionist Review Travis Hirschi and Michael J. Hindelang 9. Age and the Explanation of Crime 143 Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson 10. Family Structure and Crime 167 Travis Hirschi Part 3: A General Theory of Crime 11. The Distinction between Crime and Criminality Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson 12. The Generality of Deviance Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson 13. Causes of White-Collar Crime Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson 14. Control Theory and the Life-Course Perspective Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson Part 4: Critiques and Policy Proposals 15. Separate and Unequal is Better Travis Hirschi 16. The True Value of Lambda Would Appear to be Zero: An Essay on Career Criminals, Criminal Careers, Selective Incapacitation, Cohort Studies, and Related Topics Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi 17. Rethinking the Juvenile Justice System Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson 18. National Crime Control Policies Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi References Appendix A: Publications by Travis Hirschi Indexshow more

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