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Criminological Theory : A Brief Introduction - 06 edition

Criminological Theory : A Brief Introduction (ISBN10: 0205389031; ISBN13: 9780205389032)
ISBN13: 978-0205389032
ISBN10: 0205389031

Summary: This introductory primer on criminological theory provides an accessible discussion of the major theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control with an objective and neutral approach.

The various theories are covered in a systematic fashion. After providing a straightforward explanation of each theory's fundamental assumptions and concepts, along with exampling narrative drawn from both real-world current events and fictitious scenario
s, major criticisms are addressed. The implications of each theory for criminal and juvenile justice strategies and policy (e.g., deterrence vs. rehabilitation, crime prevention, crime prediction) are also considered.

Features
  • Provides readers with a general understanding of the different criminological theories that scholars have identified and tested to explain why crime happens and explores the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Aims to give readers a foundation upon which they can analyze their preconceived notions about why people commit crime and judge the merits of the different theories for themselves.
  • Chapter 1, ''Theoretical Criminology: An Introductory Overview'' defines theory, identifies the major types, and considers the role of theory in understanding and addressing the problems of crime and delinquency.
  • Groups theories by type (e.g. biological, psychological, classical school/modern deterrence, sociological) and subtype (e.g., conflict, social control, learning and cultural) to form chronologically ordered chapters that give students an appreciation of the historical development of theoretical criminology and the significance of classical statements to contemporary perspectives.
  • Bases applications on empirical support rather than ideological orientation.
...show more
Summary: This introductory primer on criminological theory provides an accessible discussion of the major theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control with an objective and neutral approach.

The various theories are covered in a systematic fashion. After providing a straightforward explanation of each theory's fundamental assumptions and concepts, along with exampling narrative drawn from both real-world current events and fictitious scenarios, major criticisms are addressed. The implications of each theory for criminal and juvenile justice strategies and policy (e.g., deterrence vs. rehabilitation, crime prevention, crime prediction) are also considered.

Features
  • Provides readers with a general understanding of the different criminological theories that scholars have identified and tested to explain why crime happens and explores the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Aims to give readers a foundation upon which they can analyze their preconceived notions about why people commit crime and judge the merits of the different theories for themselves.
  • Chapter 1, ''Theoretical Criminology: An Introductory Overview'' defines theory, identifies the major types, and considers the role of theory in understanding and addressing the problems of crime and delinquency.
  • Groups theories by type (e.g. biological, psychological, classical school/modern deterrence, sociological) and subtype (e.g., conflict, social control, learning and cultural) to form chronologically ordered chapters that give students an appreciation of the historical development of theoretical criminology and the significance of classical statements to contemporary perspectives.
  • Bases applications on empirical support rather than ideological orientation.
...show less

Edition/Copyright: 06
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Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Year Published: 2006
International: No

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