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The Third Edition of this highly acclaimed book expands on previous editions with coverage of newly emerged theories and empirical updates supported by over 140 new references. Criminological Theory provides coverage of the latest theories in the field without diminishing the presentation of classic analysis. Major theoretical perspectives that have developed from both recent critical work and traditional schools, together with practical applications, compel the reader to apply theories to the contemporary social milieu.
A strong emphasis on social policy implications concerning crime and criminals make this a vital text for sociology, criminology, and criminal justice classes.
1. The Context and Consequences of Theory
2. The Search for the Criminal Man
3. Rejecting Individualism: The Social Roots of Crime
4. Society as Insulation: Control Theory
5. The Irony of State Intervention: Labeling Theory
6. Social Power and the Construction of Crime: Conflict Theory
7. New Directions in Critical Theory
8. Conservative Criminology: Revitalizing Individualistic Theory
9. Mainstream Criminology Revisited: Routine Activity, Integrated, and Life-Course Theories