Criminology An Interdisciplinary Approach

ISBN-10: 1412938406

ISBN-13: 9781412938402

Edition: 2007

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This unique text offers an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and criminality by integrating the latest theories, concepts, and research from sociology, psychology, and biology. Offering a more complete look at the world of criminology than any other existing text, authors Anthony Walsh and Lee Ellis first present criminological theory and concepts in their traditional form and then show how integrating theory and concepts from the more basic sciences can complement, expand, strengthen, and add coherence to them. Key Features: Offers students the opportunity to learn from the ???cutting edges??? of criminology: This innovative, interdisciplinary approach introduces students to the ???future??? of criminology by offering new and exciting insights. The book also includes strong sections on crime policy and prevention that illustrate the practical benefits of understanding theory and how theories guide policy-makers seeking to prevent and control crime. Focuses on topics fascinating to students: Chapters on typologies such as violent crime, serial killers, terrorism, drug and alcohol addiction, psychopaths, organized crime, and white collar crime engage students while showing how the theories presented earlier can be applied. Presents material in a student-friendly style: Written in an accessible format, the book features many pedagogical tools such as chapter opening vignettes, ???Focus On??? boxes, summary tables of all theories, a unique photo program, discussion questions, Web-driven exercises, and key terms. Accompanied by High Quality Ancillaries! An Instructor??'s Resource CD is available to qualified adopters.A Student Study Site at http: //www.sagepub.com/criminologystudy??includes: ????interactive quizzes, ??e-flashcards and practice quizzes, ??links to NPR radio shows, ??3-5 journal articles per chapter, ??and much more! Powerpoint slides for each chapter are now??available under the "Sample Chapters and Materials" section.?? Just click on the link at the top left! Intended Audience: This core textbook is designed for undergraduate students studying Introductory Criminology in departments of sociology and of criminal justice.
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List price: $121.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 520
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Lee Ellis received his Ph.D. from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Minot State University. Main courses taught by Dr. Ellis include social research methods, criminology, social stratification, anthropology, and sociobiology.

Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Criminology, Crime, And Criminal Law
What Is Criminology?
What Is Crime?
Crime as a Moving Target
Crime as a Subcategory of Social Harms
Beyond Social Construction: The Stationary Core Crimes
Mala in Se or Mala Prohibita? The Cannibal and His Willing Victim
Victimful and Victimless Crimes
The Felony-Misdemeanor Distinction
Criminality
The Legal Making of a Criminal
An Excursion Through the U.S. Criminal Justice System
The Role of Theory in Criminology
The Classical School
Measuring Crime And Criminal Behavior
Categorizing and Measuring Crime and Criminal Behavior
The Dark Figure of Crime Revisited
The Crime Problem or the Criminality Problem?
The Financial Cost of Crime
Interpreting Crime Trends
Is the United States Hard or Soft on Crime?
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
The Early Schools Of Criminology And Modern Counterparts
The Classical Scholars
The Rise of Positivism
Lombrosoism Before and After Lombroso
Neoclassicism: Rational Choice Theory
Connecting Criminological Theory and Social Policy
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Social Structural Theories
The Social Structural Tradition
Sociological Positivism
People Versus Places: Do Neighborhoods Matter?
Subcultural Theories
Does Poverty Cause Crime, or Does Crime Cause Poverty?
Youth Gangs
Evaluation of Social Structural Theories
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Social Structural Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Social Process Theories
The Social Process Tradition
Social Control Theories
Self-Esteem and Crime
Evaluation of Social Process Theories
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Social Process Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Critical Theories: Marxist, Conflict, And Feminist
The Conflict Perspective of Society
Conflict Theory: Max Weber, Power and Conflict
The Supreme Court and Class Conflict
Feminist Criminology
Evaluation of Critical Theories
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Critical Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Psychosocial Theories: Individual Traits And Criminal Behavior
Modern Psychology and Intelligence
The Impact of High and Low IQ on Life Outcomes
The Role of Temperament
Modern Psychosocial Theories
The Antisocial Personalities
Evaluation of the Psychosocial Perspective
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Psychosocial Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Biosocial Approaches
Behavior Genetics
Gene-Environment Interaction: MAO, Abuse/Neglect, and Crime
Evolutionary Psychology
The Neurohormonal Sciences
Evaluation of the Biosocial Perspective
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Biosocial Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Developmental Theories: From Delinquency To Crime To Desistance
Juvenile Delinquency
What Role Do Genes Play in Juvenile Delinquency?
Major Developmental Theories
Evaluation of Development Theories
Summary of Key Points, Strengths, and Differences of Developmental Theories
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Development Theories
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Altered Minds And Crime: Alcohol, Drugs, And Mental Illness
The Scope of the Alcohol/Crime Problem
Illegal Drugs and Crime
Treatment Modalities for Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System
Portrait of a Schizophrenic
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Crimes of Violence
Murder
Rape and Rapists
Characteristics of Rapists
Robbery and Robbers
Aggravated Assault
Explaining Violence Sociologically: The Subculture of Violence Thesis
Evolutionary Considerations:What Is Violence For?
Evolutionary Considerations of Inequality and Violence
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Serial, Mass, and Spree Murder
What Is Multiple Murder?
Recent Long-Term Serial Killers: The Green River and BTK Cases
Theories About the Causes of Serial Killing
Law Enforcement's Response to Serial Killing
The First Serial Killer Profile: Jack the Ripper
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Terrorism and Terrorists
Terrorism Defined
Why Terrorism?
Is There a Difference Between Terrorists and Freedom Fighters?
The Extent of Terrorism
Terrorism and Common Crime
Some Important Terrorist Groups
The Irish Republican Army: A Decommissioned Group?
Terrorism in the United States
Theories About the Causes of Terrorism
Is There a Terrorist Personality?
Becoming a Terrorist
Law Enforcement Response and Government Policy
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Property And Public Order Crimes
Larceny-Theft
Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Carjacking: MV Theft With an Attitude
Arson
Crimes of Guile and Deceit
Cybercrime: Oh What a Tangled World Wide Web We Weave
Phishing: "If It's Too Good to Be True . . ."
Public-Order Offenses
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
White-Collar And Organized Crime
The Concept of White-Collar Crime
Corporate Crime
Crimes of America's Rich and Famous in History
Organized Crime
The Mafia: The Sicilian Origins and History
Theories About the Causes of Organized Crime
Law Enforcement's Response to Organized Crime
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Terms
Victimology: Exploring The Experience Of Victimization
The Emergence of Victimology
Who Gets Victimized?
Victimization in the Workplace and School
Child Molestation:Who Gets Victimized?
Victimization Theories
The Consequences of Victimization
A Case of Cybervictimization and Its Consequences
Victimization and the Criminal Justice System
Victims' Opinions of the Importance of Victims' Rights
Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORPS)
Summary
Exercises and Discussion Questions
Key Words
Glossary
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors
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