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ISBN: 9780073380018 / 0073380016
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: SEP-09
Pages: 576

Copyright: 2010
Edition: 1
Format: Paperback
Criminological Theory: Readings and Retrospectives

Heith Copes, Volkan Topalli


About the book

Criminological Theory: Readings and Retrospectives offers a comprehensive collection of classical theoretical pieces in criminology combined with original Contemporary Retrospective essays on each theory. The Contemporary Retrospective essays were written exclusively for this book by some of the best established and up-and-coming criminologists today. This combination of classic articles and contemporary essays provides the reader with a solid foundation for understanding classic criminological theories while providing insight on how they have evolved over time.
Key features

  • 34 Classical Theoretical Essays including the most important and influential theories used to understand crime and criminality including Elijah Anderson's work on The Code of the Streets; Sampson and Laub's work on Social Control; and Braithewaite's work on Labeling Theory; and much more
  • Coverage of 15 criminological theories including Rational Choice Theories, Biosocial Theories, Social Disorganization, Anomie Theories, Self-Control Theory, Labeling Theories, Feminist Theories, and much more.
  • Contemporary Retrospective Essays provide the reader a critical assessment of each theory discussed while presenting the latest research, developments, and theoretical modifications regarding each of them
  • Contemporary Retrospective essays were written by some of the best established and up-and-coming criminologists today including Steve Messner, Alex Piquero, Eric Stewart, Travis Pratt, and Jeffrey Ullmer, and others

  • Table of contents

    Part I Classical and Neoclassical Theories
    Rational Choice Theories
    An Essay on Crimes and Punishments - Cesare Beccaria
    Modeling Offenders' Decisions: A Framework for Research and Policy-Ronald V. Clarke and Derek B. Cornish
    Contemporary Retrospective on Rational Choice Theories
    Classical and Rational Choice Perspectives- Andy Hochstetler and Jeffrey A. Bouffard
    Routine Activity Theory
    Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach-Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson
    Contemporary Retrospective on Routine Activity Theory
    Routine Activity Theory: An Assessment of a Classical Theory-Catherine D. Marcum
    Part II Biosocial Theories
    Criminal Man-Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
    Crime and Human Nature-James Q. Wilson and Richard J. Hernstein
    Contemporary Retrospective on Biological Theories
    Contemporary Perspectives on Biological and Biosocial Theories of Crime-Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver, Michael G. Vaughn, and John P. Wright
    Part III Social Disorganization Theory
    Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas-Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay
    Neighborhoods and Violent Crime: A Multilevel Study of Collective Efficacy-Robert J. Sampson, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Felton Earls
    Contemporary Retrospective on Social Disorganization Theory
    Social Disorganization Theory-Travis Pratt and Jacinta M. Gau
    Part IV Anomie and Strain Theories
    Anomie Theories
    Social Structure and Anomie-Robert K. Merton
    Delinquency and Opportunity: A Theory of Delinquent Gangs-Richard Cloward and Lloyd Ohlin
    The Present and Future of Institutional - Anomie Theory-Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld
    Contemporary Retrospective on Anomie Theories
    Anomie in Perspective-Sandra Legge and Steven F. Messner
    General Strain Theory
    Foundations for a General Strain Theory of Crime and Delinquency-Robert Agnew
    Contemporary Retrospective on General Strain Theory
    The Status of General Strain Theory-John P. Hoffmann
    Part V Subcultural Theories
    Delinquent Boys: The Culture of the Gang-Albert K. Cohen
    Lower Class Culture as a Generating Milieu of Gang Delinquency-Walter B. Miller
    The Subculture of Violence: Towards an Integrated Theory in Criminology-Marvin E. Wolfgang and Franco Ferracuti
    The Code of the Streets-Elijah Anderson
    Contemporary Retrospective on Subcultural Theories
    Examining the Logic of Subcultural Models-Mark T. Berg and Eric A. Stewart
    Part VI Differential Association, Social Learning, and Neutralization Theories
    Differential Association-Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald Cressey
    A Differential Association-Reinforcement Theory of Criminal Behavior-Robert L. Burgess and Ronald L. Akers
    Techniques of Naturalization: A Theory of Delinquency-Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza
    Contemporary Retrospective on Differential Association and Social Learning Theories
    Learning Theory: From Seminal Statements to Hybridization-J. Mitchell Miller, J. Eagle Shutt, and J.C. Barnes
    Part VII Control Theories
    Social Control Theories
    Self Concept as an Insulator Against Delinquency- Walter C. Reckless, Simon Dinitz, and Ellen Murray
    A Control Theory of Delinquency-Travis Hirschi
    Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life-Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub
    Contemporary Retrospective on Social Control Theories
    Introduction to Social Control Theories of Crime- Christopher J. Schreck
    Self-Control Theory
    A General Theory of Crime-Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi
    Contemporary Retrospective on Self-Control Theory
    Overview of Self-Control Theory-Nicole Leeper Piquero and Alex R. Piquero
    Pure Sociology
    Crime as Social Control-Donald Black
    Contemporary Retrospective on Pure Sociology
    Twenty-Five Years of "Crime as Social Control"-Scott Jacques
    Part VIII Interactionist Theories
    Labeling Theories
    Crime and the Community-Frank Tannebaum
    Social Pathology-Edwin Lemert
    Crime, Shame and Reintegration-John Braithwaite
    Contemporary Retrospective on Labeling Theories
    Labeling and Secondary Deviance-Jon Gunnar Bernburg
    Symbolic Interactionist and Phenomenological Theories
    Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil-Jack Katz
    Violent Criminal Acts and Actors Revisited-Lonnie Athens
    Contemporary Retrospective on Symbolic Interactionist and Phenomenological Theories
    The Embeddedness of Symbolic Interactionism in Criminology-Jeffrey T. Ulmer
    Part IX Critical Theories
    Conflict and Radical Theories
    Criminality and Economic Conditions-William A. Bonger
    Culture Conflict and Crime-Thorsten Sellin
    Class, State, and Crime: On the Theory and Practice of Criminal Justice-Richard Quinney
    Contemporary Retrospective on Conflict and Radical Theories
    Conflict Criminology: Developments, Directions and Destinations Past and Present-Bruce A. Arrigo and Christopher R. Williams
    Feminist Theories
    Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Offender- Freda Adler
    Doing Feminist Criminology-Meda Chesney-Lind
    Gender and Crime: Toward a Gendered Theory of Female Offending-Darrell Steffensmeier and Emilie Allan
    Contemporary Retrospective on Feminist Theories
    Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Assessing Contemporary Feminist Criminology-Amanda Burgess-Proctor



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