Criminological Theories: Traditional and Non-Traditional Voices and Themes / Edition 1

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This comprehensive textbook not only offers a detailed presentation of theoretical perspectives and theorists, but also includes a history o f the social environment for each theoretical perspective and biograph ies of the various theorists. Unlike other comparable criminology text s, Imogene L. Moyer includes discussions of the levels of analysis and the assumptions of the theorists regarding society and people. In add ition to covering the traditional theories, the book features currentl y developing feminist and peacemaking theories, as well as theories fr om people of color. Exerts from the original sources are frequently in corporated into the chapters. The text features flow charts, photograp hs, inset biographical sketches, and discussion questions at the end o f chapters. Both author and subject indices are included. The book is directed to upper division undergraduate and graduate students in crim inology and sociology courses on criminological theories of deviance.

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Undergraduate students will find this a thought-provoking introduction to the lives and thought of the less well-known criminologists. Moyer (emerita, criminology and women's studies, Indiana U. of Pennsylvania) together with three recent PhDs from the same institution have organized the work by type of theory, including classical, Chicago school, interactionist, feminist, and peacemaking. Each section contains lengthy selections from each thinker's oeuvre, with an explanation provided before each excerpt to make them accessible to the undergraduate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803958517
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Expansion of Criminological Theory
2. The Classical School
3. The Positivist School
4. The Functionalist Perspective
5. The Chicago School
6. The Control Theorists - Ayn Embar-Seddon
7. The Interactionist School - Cavit Cooley
8. Conflict/Radical Marxist Theories
9. Feminist Criminology
10. Peacemaking in Criminology
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