Theoretical Criminology

Theoretical Criminology

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The fifth edition of Theoretical Criminology, the standard text in its field, has been extensively revised and completely updated. It includes new sections on causation in scientific theories, Sampson's theory of collective efficacy, and Anderson's "code of the street." A new chapter on Contemporary Classicism includes sections on deterrence theory and research, routine activities theory, and rational choice theory. Also included is a new chapter that examines the role of gender in criminology theories, covering feminist criminology and theories of masculinity and crime. Each theory is presented accurately and comprehensively within its historical context. Relevant empirical research is reviewed and assessed, and research issues related to theory testing are also discussed. Lively and readable, this new edition is designed to appeal to students at all levels. Offering the most accurate, clear, and comprehensive presentation of criminology theories, Theoretical Criminology continues to retain its premier position in the field of criminology, a position it has held for over forty more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 160 x 238 x 26mm | 979.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 5th Revised edition
  • 2 figures
  • 0195142020
  • 9780195142020
  • 1,169,436

Table of contents

Theory and Crime; Classical and Positivist Criminology; Biological Factors and Criminal Behaviour; Psychological Factors and Criminal Behaviour; Crime and Economic Conditions; Durkheim, Anomie, and Modernization; Neighbourhoods and Crime; Strain Theories; Learning Theories; Control Theories; Contemporary Classicism - Deterrence, Routine Activities and Rational Choice; The Meaning of Crime; Conflict and Criminology; Marxist and Postmodern Criminology; Gender and Crime; Age and Crime; Integrated Theories; Assessing Criminology more

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Praise for the previous edition"Best criminology text in the field. If you are seeking a well-written text which is easy to lecture from and keeps the students' interest, this is it!"--Christopher Kuch, Gannon University"A clearly written, succinct, and very well-focused text for undergraduates. Accessible and covers a range of theoretical materials."--Pietro Toggia, Kutztown University"A superb book that provides an excellent overview of criminological theories and is a must-read for those interested in criminological theory."--John M. MacDonald, University of South Carolina"Any textbook that can survive the market for 32 years has truly earned the coveted title of 'classic'. Vold and Bernard have combined to provide a thorough presentation of the major theories that have inspired criminologists to explain criminal behavior. Vold's initial effort set a firm foundation on which Bernard has fine tuned and modernized the material for today's reader."-Anthony W. Zumpetta, West Chester Universityshow more

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