Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory

ISBN-10: 161163685X
ISBN-13: 9781611636857
Edition: 4th 2015
List price: $42.00
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Description: The primary purpose for writing A Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory, Fourth Edition has not changed since the First Edition: to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a relatively brief but comprehensive exposition of crime and  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 2/16/2015
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The primary purpose for writing A Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory, Fourth Edition has not changed since the First Edition: to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a relatively brief but comprehensive exposition of crime and delinquency theories. The book should prove useful either as a primary text (with or without instructor supplements) or as a supplement to other texts, anthologies, or collections of journal articles. As noted in the first three editions of this book, although many fine criminological texts are on the market, none of them precisely provides the material in a manner that the authors believe students of crime and delinquency theory ought to receive. For example, some texts contain much more material than ever can be covered satisfactorily within the time constraints of an academic semester or quarter. Consequently, instructors are forced to ignore some theories or offer a superficial rendering of some of the theories that they do present. With this slim volume, instructors need not worry about such time constraints but still can be confident that they are presenting a reasonably comprehensive description. Some texts focus only on one or another theoretical perspective and thus ignore the rich multidisciplinary nature of crime and delinquency theory. For example, many criminological texts present only sociological theories, or, when other theories are examined, they are given short shrift. This text, though brief, is comprehensive and multidisciplinary in its scope. Few of the available criminological texts provide an adequate introduction to theory. For example, conspicuously missing from these texts are discussions of the critically important issues of the philosophical assumptions on which all theories are based and how theories can be judged in relation to each other. This book rectifies each of those omissions. Also, although other texts present descriptions of the theories, few of them identify the policy implications that are either explicit or implicit in all theories. A major feature of this book is the description of the policy implications of the theories. Perhaps most importantly, very few of the available texts incorporate a comprehensive critique of the theories. Again, a principal feature of this book is a thorough critique of each of the theories.

Robert M. Bohm is a professor of criminal justice and legal studies at the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in the areas of criminal justice and criminology. In addition to A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY, his books include INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 6th Edition; A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE; DEATHQUEST III: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 3rd Edition; The DEATH PENALTY TODAY; AMERICA'S EXPERIMENT WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE ULTIMATE SANCTION, 2nd Edition; THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA: CURRENT RESEARCH; and DEMYSTIFYING CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Professor Bohm was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences from 1992 to 1993. In 1989, the Southern Criminal Justice Association selected him as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; in 2001, he was presented with the Founder's Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; and, in 2008, he received the Bruce Smith, Sr., Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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