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Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction, 2/E

J. Mitchell Miller, University of Texas, San Antonio
Christopher J. Schreck, Rochester Institute of Technology
Richard Tewksbury, University of Louisville

ISBN-10: 0205548326
ISBN-13: 9780205548323

This introductory primer on criminological theory provides an accessible discussion of the major theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control with an objective and neutral approach.

The various theories are covered in a systematic fashion. After providing a straightforward explanation of each theory's fundamental assumptions and concepts, along with exampling narrative drawn from both real-world current events and fictitious scenarios, major criticisms are addressed. The implications of each theory for criminal and juvenile justice strategies and policy (e.g., deterrence vs. rehabilitation, crime prevention, crime prediction) are also considered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205389032
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One: Theoretical Criminology: An Introductory Overview

The Origins and Evolution of Criminology

The Nature of Theory

Assessing Theory

The Influence of General Social Perspectives on Theories of Crime

The Role of Theory

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Two: Classical Theory in Criminology

Assumptions about Human Nature

How Deterrence Works

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Three: Biological Theories of Crime

The Positivist School of Thought

Physiognomy and Phrenology

Lombroso and Atavism

Genetic Theories

Body Type Theories

Recent Biological Theories

Conclusion

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Four: Psychological Theories of Crime

Psychoanalytic Theory

Personality Theories

Mental Illness

Schizophrenia

Antisocial Personality

Mental Deficiencies

Conclusion

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Five: The Social Ecology of Crime

Social Disorganization Theory

The Location of Crime

Social Disorganization and its Causes

Empirical Support and Policy Implications

Criticisms of Social Disorganization Theory

Routine Activities Theory

The Necessary Requirements for Crime

The Role of Social Changes

Policy Implications

Empirical Research and Criticisms

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Six: Learning and Cultural Transmission Theories of Crime

Learning Theories

Sutherland’s Differential Association Index

Akers’s Social Learning Theory

Cultural Transmission Theories

The Rise of the Subcultural Perspective

Cultural Norms and the Legal Process

Cohen’s Middle-Class Measuring Rod

Cloward and Ohlin’s Gang Typology

Miller’s Focal Concerns

The Demise of the Subcultural Perspective

Subcultures of Violence and the Rerise of the Cultural Perspective

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Seven: Strain Theories of Crime

What do Strain Theories Assume

Merton’s Strain Theory and Its Variants

The American Dream

The American Social Structure

Responses to Strain

Later Work on Merton’s Theory

Empirical Support

Agnew’s General Strain Theory

Types of Strain

Types of Coping

When Does Strain Lead to Delinquent Coping?

Empirical Support

Messner and Rosenfeld’s Theory of Institutional Anomie

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Eight: Control Theories of Crime

What do Control Theories Assume about Human Nature?

Early Control Theories

Hirschi’s Social Control Theory

Attachment

Commitment

Involvement

Belief

Empirical Testing

Self-Control Theory

Empirical Research and Criticisms of Self-Control Theory

Policy Implications of Control Theory

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Nine: Theories of Social Conflict

The Conflict of Perspective and Crime

The Marxist Heritage

Marxist Concepts

Orthodox Marxism

Structural Marxism

Labeling Theory

Marxist Criminology

White-Collar and State Crime

Left Realism

Cultural Criminology

The Social Construction of Crime, Postmodernism, and Constitutive Criminology

Feminist Criminology

Peacemaking Criminology and Restorative Justice

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Chapter Ten: Evaluating and Integrating Theory

Evaluating Theory

Theory Competition

Theoretical Elaboration

Theoretical Integration

Summary

Key Terms

Discussion Questions

References

Index

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