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The Fourth Edition of Criminology is Piers Beirne and James W. Messerschmidt's well-respected and comprehensive introduction to the study of crime and criminological theory. The authors take a critical sociological approach that emphasizes the relationship between four different sociological variables (gender, class, race, age) and crime. Thoroughly revised and updated, the new edition features numerous additions, both empirical and theoretical, including globalization, cyberstalking, computer crime, animal abuse, the latest corporate scandals (Enron, Worldcom, etc.), violence by college athletes, election fraud, and terrorism. One of the main strengths of this text is the way in which the authors trace the historical development of criminological theory and place the development of each theory in a historically specific set of social, economic, and political circumstances. Definitions of crime and the measurement of crime are subjected to a critical analysis that focuses on the social construction of crime and crime rates. The authors explore a wide range of research on property crimes and interpersonal violence as well as syndicated, white-collar, and political crimes.The chapter on the study of crime and victimization in a cross-national context helps students understand the importance of viewing crime through a culturally relative lens, as well as the problems associated with making cross-national generalizations regarding crime. Throughout the text, Beirne and Messerschmidt address historical, feminist, and comparative perspectives highlighting the major types of crime and victimization patterns. Their introduction addresses two key questions: "What is crime?" and "How is it measured?" The authors then debunk the major crime myths that are recreated daily and the notion that the most serious crimes are committed by the urban underclass. Written in student-oriented, accessible language, Criminology increases understanding through the abundant use of relevant illustrations, examples, and case studies. End-of-chapter key terms, discussion questions, additional readings, a glossary, and suggested websites further support student more

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  • Paperback | 584 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 30.48mm | 952.54g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • halftones & line illustrations
  • 0195330625
  • 9780195330625

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"This book stands head and shoulders above most criminology textbooks because it provides a clearly critical sociological perspective on the problem of crime, while giving a balanced overview of the field in its entirety. It logically organizes appropriate content, and does so through a writing style that is both sophisticated yet accessible to the average student."--Raymond Michalowski, Northern Arizona Universityshow more

Table of contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY; 1. THE PROBLEM OF CRIME; Images of Crime; Crime, Criminal Law, and Criminalization; Crime as a Sociological Problem; 2. THE MEASUREMENT OF CRIME; Caution: Data Do Not Speak for Themselves; Official Crime Data; Unofficial Crime Data; 3. INEQUALITY, CRIME, AND VICTIMIZATION; Class and Crime; Gender and Crime; Race and Crime; Age and Crime; PART II: TYPES OF CRIME; 4. PROPERTY CRIME; Robbery and Burglary; Varieties of Larceny; Dealing and Damage; 5. INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE; Murder, Assault, Hate Crimes, and Rape; Interpersonal Violence in the Family; Interpersonal Violence in the Workplace; 6. SYNDICATED CRIME; A History of Syndicated Crime; Syndicated Crime Today; Principal Forms of Syndicated Crime; 7. WHITE-COLLAR CRIME; Occupational Crime; Corporate Crime; Transnational Corporate Crime; 8. POLITICAL CRIME; Political Crimes Against the State; Domestic Political Crimes by the State; Transnational Political Crimes by the State; PART III: CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY; 9. THE ORIGINS OF CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY; The Enlightenment and Classical Criminology; The Emergence of Positivist Criminology; Criminal Anthropology: Lombroso's "Born Criminal"; Neoclassical Criminology; 10. THE EMERGENCE OF SOCIOLOGICAL CRIMINOLOGY; Toward a Social Psychology of Crime: Gabriel Tarde; Toward a Sociology of Law and Crime: Emile Durkheim; Classical Marxism: Marx and Engels on State, Law, and Crime; 11.THE EMERGENCE OF CRIMINOLOGY IN THE UNITED STATES; The Early History of Criminology in the United States, 1895-1915; Crime and Social Ecology; Social Structure, Anomie, and Deviance; The Criminology of Edwin Sutherland; 12. DELINQUENT SUBCULTURES AND SUBCULTURES OF DELINQUENCY; Delinquent Subcultures; Matza's Delinquency and Drift (1964); Control Theory; 13. THEORETICAL DIVERSITY; Social Learning Theory; The Labeling Perspective; Conflict Theory; Radical and Feminist Criminology; 14. NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY; Routine Activities and Crime; Self-Control and Control Balance; Revised Strain Theory; Critical Criminologies; 15. COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY; Approaching Comparative Criminology; Comparative Crime and Victimization Data; Cross-National Generalizations Regarding Crime; U.S. Crime in Comparative Perspectiveshow more

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