Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application / Edition 5

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With a focus on empirical evaluation and practical application, Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application, Sixth Edition, helps students draw connections between criminological theory and practical applications.

In clear, engaging language, authors Ronald L. Akers and Christine S. Sellers explore each principal criminological theory using a three-part analysis:

* An Introduction presents a succinct exposition of the theory's central concepts, assertions, and hypotheses.
* Next, an Evaluation provides a detailed critique of the theory, with an emphasis on empirical validity.
* Finally, an Application extends the evaluation to determine each theory's relevance, as well as its potential for controlling and preventing crime and delinquency.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Engaging and informative."—Kevin M. Beaver, Florida State University

"Extremely readable and accessible. It is one of the essential books on criminological theory and the first book that I suggest to someone wanting to become familiar with the broad realm of theories of crime and criminality."—Scott Vollum, James Madison University

"The authors do a great job of identifying the key theorists, assumptions, state of research, and policy/programmatic uses for each theory."—David Mackey, Plymouth State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195332520
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Akers is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Florida.

Christine S. Sellers is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction to Criminological Theory
2. Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories
3. Biological and Biosocial Theories
4. Psychological Theories
5. Social Learning Theory
6. Social Bonding and Control Theories
7. Labeling and Reintegrative Shaming Theory
8. Social Disorganization Theory: Social Structure, Communities, and Crime
9. Anomie and Strain Theories
10. Conflict Theory
11. Marxist Theories
12. Radical and Critical Theories
13. Feminist Theories
14. Integrating Criminological Theories
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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