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Criminology Explaining Crime and Its Context

ISBN-10: 1455730106
ISBN-13: 9781455730100
Edition: 8th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $94.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 578
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

This highly acclaimed criminology text presents an up-to-date review of rational choice theories, including deterrence, shaming, and routine activities. It also incorporates current examples of deterrence research regarding domestic violence, drunk driving, and capital punishment, and features thought-provoking discussion of the relativity of crime. The authors explore the crime problem, its context, and causes of crime.The organization of the text reflects the fact that the etiology of crime must be at the heart of criminology. It examines contemporary efforts to redefine crime by focusing on family violence, hate crimes, white-collar misconduct with violent consequences, and other forms of human behavior often neglected by criminologists.Extensive discussion of evolving laws is included, and while the prevalence of the scientific method in the field of criminology is highlighted, the impact of ideology on explanations of crime is the cornerstone of the book.Comprehensive introductory textbook that looks at competing answers to the question, "Why do people commit crimes?"Student-friendly figures, features, highlights, and full-color photos.Each chapter includes learning objectives, discussion questions, and lists of key terms and concepts, key criminologists, and important legal cases.The eighth edition includes updates throughout and expanded coverage of biosocial theories of crime and life-course criminology.

Preface
Foundations for Criminology
Crime and Criminology
Criminology as Science
Ideology Within Criminology
The "Crime" in Criminology
Paradigms in Criminology
Policy and Criminology
The Media and Crime
Summary
References
The Relativity of Law and Crime
The Concept of Law
Conflict or Consensus?
The Relativity of Crime
The Criminal Justice System
Summary
References
Production of Crime Statistics
Review of Elementary Research Methodology
History of Official Crime Statistics
A New Look to the UCR: National Incident-Based Reporting System
Alternative Measures of Crime
Comparison of UCR, SRD, and NCVS Data Sources
Summary
References
Distribution of Crime
Volume of Crime: Uniform Crime Reports
Volume of Crime: National Crime Victimization Survey
Volume of Crime: Self-Report Studies
Distribution of Crime by Gender
Distribution of Crime By Age
Distribution of Crime by Race
Distribution of Crime by Social Class
Victims of Crime
Summary
References
Theories of Crime
Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories of Crime
Preclassical Views of Crime
The Classical School of Criminology
Impact of Classicism
Contemporary Deterrence Theory
Summary
References
Individual Theories of Crime: A Biosocial Perspective
The History of Biological Positivism
Criminal Heredity: The Bad Seed Theory
Summary
References
Social Structure Theories of Crime
Strain Theories
Recent Developments in Strain Theory
Assessing Strain Theories
Summary
References
Social Process Theories of Crime
Learning Criminal Behavior
Culture Conflict and Crime
Summary
References
Social Reaction Theories of Crime
Labeling Theory
Overview of Labeling Perspective
Research on Labeling Theory
Policy Relevance of Labeling Theory
Roots of Critical Criminology
Research on Conflict Theory
Policy Relevance of Conflict Theory
Summary
References
New Directions: Integration and a Life-Course
Perspective
Integrated Theoretical Models
The Criminal Career Debate
Summary
References
Types of Crime
Violent Crime
Homicide, Assault, Terrorism, and Rape
Family Violence
Corporate, Government, and Professional Violence
Summary
References
Economic Crime
Acquisitiveness and Theft
Summary
References
Crimes without Victims and Victims without Crimes
Crimes without Victims
PROS and CONS on Victimless Crimes
Prostitution-Sex Work
Drug Offenses
Victims without Crimes
Summary
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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