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ISBN: 9780078026423 / 0078026423
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: AUG-12
Pages: 496

Copyright: 2013
Edition: 8
Format: Paperback

Freda Adler, William Laufer, Gerhard O. Mueller
(University of Pennsylvania)


About the book

Criminology is known for its lucid style, student-oriented approach, and interdisciplinary perspective. This text discusses criminological problems, their origins, and possible solutions in a clear, practical, straightforward fashion. Students develop a thorough understanding of today’s issues in criminology and are prepared to address and resolve the issues of tomorrow. The eighth edition continues to incorporate the latest findings from criminological research into terrorism, while expanding coverage of new white-collar and corporate crimes related to the current economic downturn. New research and statistical information include coverage of neuro-criminology, evidence-based criminology, and much more.
Key features

  • "Theory Connects" inserts give students much needed cross-reference material and critical thinking questions.
  • End-of-chapter "Criminology & Public Policy" exercises encourage students to explore policy issues.
  • The latest findings from criminological research on terrorism
  • Expanded coverage of white-collar and corporate crimes, including significant coverage of some of the criminological reasons behind the credit crisis in the United States
  • Discussion of advances in the field, including the influence of neuroscience on the study of criminology
  • "Debatable Issues" boxes evaluate current controversies and challenge us to come up with resolutions. Issues include the relationship between fame and crime, and the rise of worldwide piracy.

  • About the author

    Freda Adler
    Dr. Freda Adler is a Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice. She is the Director of the Master of Science Program in Criminology and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in sociology, her MA in criminology, and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Adler began her career in criminal justice as an evaluator of drug and alcohol treatment programs for federal and state governments. Since 1968, she has taught subjects such as criminal justice, criminology, comparative criminal justice systems, statistics, and research methods. She has served as criminal justice advisor to the United Nations, as well as to federal, state, and foreign governments. Dr. Adler's published works include 13 books as author or coauthor, 9 books as editor or coeditor, and over 90 journal articles. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and the Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Adler serves as editorial consultant to the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and is coeditor of Advances in Criminological Theory. She also has served as president as the American Society of Criminology (1994-1995).

    Gerhard O. Mueller
    Dr. Gerhard O. W. Mueller is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice. Between 1974 and 1982, he served as Chief of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch. As such, he was responsible for all of the United Nations’ programs dealing with problems of crime and justice worldwide. He has been a faculty member of universities and colleges across the country and around the world.

    William Laufer
    Dr. William S. Laufer is Associate Professor of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Teaching since 1987, his subjects include criminological theory, corporate and white collar crime, and business ethics. Dr. Laufer’s research has appeared in a wide range of journals.

    Table of contents

    Part I: Understanding Criminology
    Chapter 1. The Changing Boundaries of Criminology
    Chapter 2. Counting Crime and Measuring Criminal Behavior
    Chapter 3. Schools of Thought throughout History
    Part II: Explanations of Crime and Criminal Behavior
    Chapter 4. Psychological and Biological Perspectives
    Chapter 5. Strain and Cultural Deviance Theories
    Chapter 6. The Formation of Subcultures
    Chapter 7. Social Control Theory
    Chapter 8. Labeling, Conflict, and Radical Theories
    Chapter 9. Environmental Theory
    Part III: Types of Crime
    Chapter 10. Violent Crimes
    Chapter 11. Crimes against Property
    Chapter 12. White-Collar and Corporate Crime
    Chapter 13. Public Order Crimes
    Chapter 14. International and Comparative Criminology
    Part IV: A Criminologicol Approoch to the Criminal Justice System
    Chapter 15. Processes and Decisions
    Chapter 16. Enforcing the Law: Practice and Research
    Chapter 17. The Nature and Functioning of Courts
    Chapter 18. A Research Focus on Corrections



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