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The Fourth Edition of this highly successful text moves readers beyond often-mistaken common-sense understandings of crime by providing a rich introduction to how major scholars analyze crime. Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, Fourth Edition shows the real-world relevance of theory by illuminating how ideas about crime play a prominent role in shaping crime-control policies and compelling students to apply theories to the contemporary milieu.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412936323
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/19/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Robert Lilly is Regents Professor of Sociology/Criminology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University. His research interests include the pattern of capital crimes committed by U.S. soldiers during World War II, the “commercial-corrections complex,” juvenile delinquency, house arrest and electronic monitoring, criminal justice in the People’s Republic of China, the sociology of law, and criminological theory. He has published in Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Social Problems, Legal Studies Forum, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Journal of Drug Issues, The New Scholar, Adolescence, Qualitative Sociology, Federal Probation, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, and The Howard Journal. He has coauthored several articles and book chapters with Richard A. Ball, and he is coauthor of House Arrest and Correctional Policy: Doing Time at Home. In 2003 he published La Face Cachee Des GI’s: Les Viols commis par des soldats amercains en France, en Angleterre et en Allemange pendat la Second Guerre mondial. It was translated into Italian and published (2004) as Stupppi Di Guerra: Le Violenze Commesse Dai Soldati Americani in Gran Bretagna, Francia e Germania 1942–1945. It was published in English in 2007. The latter work is part of his extensive research on patterns of crimes and punishments experienced by U.S. soldiers in WWII in the European Theater of War. The Hidden Face of the Liberators, a made-for-TV documentary by Program 33 (Paris), was broadcast in Switzerland and France in March 2006 and was a finalist at the International Television Festival of Monte Carlo in 2007. He is the past treasurer of the American Society of Criminology. In 1988, he was a visiting professor in the School of Law at Leicester Polytechnic and was a visiting scholar at All Soul’s College in Oxford, England. In 1992, he became a visiting professor at the University of Durham in England. He was co-editor of The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice from 2006-2012.

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in sociology. He received a Ph.D. in sociology and education from Columbia University. Professor Cullen has published over 300 works in the areas of corrections, criminological theory, white-collar crime, public opinion, the measurement of sexual victimization, and the organization of criminological knowledge. His recent works include Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser, Sisters in Crime Revisited: Bringing Gender into Criminology (in Honor of Freda Adler), The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, Reaffirming Rehabilitation (30th Anniversary Edition), and Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences. Professor Cullen is a Past President of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he received the ASC Edwin H. Sutherland Award.

Richard A. Ball is Professor of Administration of Justice at Penn State—Fayette and former Program Head for Administration of Justice for the 12-campus Commonwealth College of Penn State. He is former Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, and received his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1965. He has authored several monographs on community power structure and correctional issues and co-edited a monograph and a book on white-collar crime. He has authored or coauthored approximately 100 articles and book chapters, including articles in the American Journal of Corrections, American Sociological Review, The American Sociologist, British Journal of Social Psychiatry, Correctional Psychology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Federal Probation, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, International Social Science Review, Journal of Communication, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Psychohistory, Justice Quarterly, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Qualitative Sociology, Rural Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Focus, Sociological Symposium, Sociology and Social Welfare, Sociology of Work and Occupations, Urban Life, Victimology, and World Futures. He is coauthor of House Arrest and Correctional Policy: Doing Time at Home (1988).

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Table of Contents

1. The Context and Consequences of Theory
Theory in Social Context
Theory and Policy: Ideas Have Consequences
Context, Theory, and Policy: Plan of the Book
2. The Search for the “Criminal Man”
The Classical School: Criminal as Calculator
The Positivist School: Criminal as Determined
The Consequence of Theory: Policy Implications
3. Rejecting Individualism: The Chicago School
The Chicago School of Criminology: Theory in Context
Shaw and Mc Kay's Theory of Juvenile Delinquency
Sutherland’s Theory of Differential Association
The Chicago School’s Criminological Legacy
The Consequences of Theory: Policy Implications
4. Crime in American Society: Anomie and Strain Theories
Merton’s Strain Theory
Status Discontent and Delinquency
The Criminological Legacy of Strain Theory
The Consequences of Theory: Policy Implications
5. Society as Insulation: The Origins of Control Theory
Forerunners of Control Theory
Early Control Theories
Reckless’s Containment Theory
Sykes and Matza: Neutralization and Drift Theory
Control Theory in Context
6. The Complexity of Control: Hirschi’s Two Theories and Beyond
Hirschi’s First Theory: Social Bonds and Delinquency
Hirschi’s Second Theory: Self-Control and Crime
The Complexity of Control
The Consequences of Theory: Policy Implications
7. The Irony of State Intervention: Labeling Theory
The Social Construction of Crime
Labeling as Criminogenic: Creating Career Criminals
The Consequences of Theory: Policy Implications
Extending Labeling Theory
8. Social Power and the Construction of Crime: Conflict Theory
Forerunners of Conflict Theory
Theory in Context: The Turmoil of the 1960s
Varieties of Conflict Theory
Consequences of Conflict Theory
9. New Directions in Critical Theory
Modernity and Postmodernity
Postmodern Criminological Thought: The End of Grand Narratives?
Looking Back at Early British and European Influences
Left Realism
The New Criminology Revisited
The New European Criminology
Cultural Criminology
Convict Criminology
10. The Gendering of Criminology: Feminist Theory
Prefeminist Pioneers and Themes
New Questions Emerge
From Women’s Emancipation to Patriarchy
Varieties of Feminist Thought
Masculinities and Crime: Doing Gender
Gendering Criminology
The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender
Postmodernist Feminism
Consequences of the Diversity of Feminist Perspectives
Some Implications of Feminist Criminology for Corrections
11. Bringing Punishment Back In: Conservative Criminology
Context: The United States of the 1980s and Early 1990s
Varieties of Conservative Theory
Crime and Human Nature: Wilson and Herrnstein
Crime and The Bell Curve: Herrnstein and Murray
The Criminal Mind
Choosing to Be Criminal: Crime Pays
Crime and Moral Poverty
Broken Windows: The Tolerance of Public Disorganization
Consequences of Conservative Theory: Policy Implications
12. Choosing Crime in Everyday Life: Routine Activity and Rational Choice Theories
Routine Activity Theory: Opportunities and Crime
Rational Choice Theory
Perceptual Deterrence Theory
13. The Search for the “Criminal Man” Revisited: Biological and Biosocial Theories
Evolutionary Theories: Darwin Revisited
Biosocial Theories
Biochemical Theories
Biological Risk Factors/Protective Factors
Environmental Toxins
The Consequences of Biological Theories: Policy Implications
14. The Development of Criminals: Life-Course Theories
Integrated Theories of Crime
Life-Course Criminology: Continuity and Change
Criminology in Crisis: Gottfredson and Hirschi Revisited
Patterson’s Social-Interactional Developmental Model
Moffitt’s Life-Course-Persistent/Adolescence-Limited Theory
Sampson and Laub: Social Bond Theory Revisited
Rethinking Crime: Cognitive Theories of Desistance
The Consequences of Theory: Policy Implications

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