Current Controversies in Criminology

Current Controversies in Criminology

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For courses in Introduction to Criminology, Criminological Theory, Deviance and Social Control, and Criminal Justice Policy in departments of sociology, criminology, and criminal justice. This anthology contains a stimulating mix of scholarly articles in the field of criminology, covering 1) the causes of criminal behavior, 2) several new or controversial crimes, and 3) controversial crime fighting methods. It includes both classic works of criminological theory and up-to-date studies of various crimes and criminal justice responses. The text draws students into the critical evaluation of the causes of crime and the operations of agencies of control.
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  • Paperback | 346 pages
  • 177.3 x 237.2 x 16.8mm | 498.96g
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0130941158
  • 9780130941152

Table of contents

I. WHAT CAUSES CRIME? Introduction to Part I, Ronald Weitzer. The Subculture of Violence, Marvin Wolfgang and Franco Ferracuti. Crime and Social Inequality, Elliott Currie. Crime and Routine Activities, Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson. Deviant Places, Rodney Stark. Criminal Homicide as a Situated Transaction, David Luckenbill. Crime and Low Self-Control, Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi. Study Questions to Part I. II. CONTROVERSIAL CRIMES. Introduction to Part II, Ronald Weitzer. The Overreach of the Criminal Law, Norval Morris and Gordon Hawkins. Hate Crimes, James B. Jacobs and Kimberly A. Potter. Child Abuse, Leslie Margolin. School Shootings, Ronald Burns and Charles Crawford. Date Rape, Eugene J. Kanin. Computer Crime, Stephen M. Rosoff, Henry N. Pontell, and Robert Tillman. Corporate Crime, John Braithwaite and Gilbert Geis. State-Organized Crime, William J. Chambliss. Study Questions to Part II. III. CONTROVERSIAL CRIME FIGHTING METHODS. Introduction to Part III, Ronald Weitzer. Racial Profiling, David A. Harris. Militarizing American Police, Peter B. Kraska and Victor E. Kappeler. Zero Tolerance Policing, Judith A. Greene. The Punitive Trend of American Drug Policy, Peter Reuter. Sex Offender Notification and Community Justice, Lois Presser and Elaine Gunnison. Three Strikes Laws, James Austin, John Clark, Patricia Hardyman, and D. Alan Henry. DNA Testing, Paul E. Tracy and Vincent Morgan. Gun Control, Philip J. Cook and Mark H. Moore. Abolish the Juvenile Court, Barry C. Feld. The Death Penalty, Michael L. Radelet and Marian J. Borg. Study Questions to Part III.
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