Criminology and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work

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Crime policy ought to be guided by science rather than ideology, argue Hugh Barlow and Scott Decker in this incisive and original collection of essays.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439900079
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 1,067,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh D. Barlow is Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is the author of Dead for Good: Martyrdom and the Rise of the Suicide Bomber and Introduction to Criminology (with David Kauzlarich).

Scott H. Decker is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University.  He is the author of Life in the Gang: Family, Friends and Violence and co-author (with Margaret Townsend Chapman) of Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside (Temple).

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Francis T. Cullen 

Part One. The Policy Implications of General Theories of Crime 
Introduction to Part 1: Putting Criminological Theory into Practice 
1. Control Balance Theory and Social Policy 
2. Controlling Crime: Recommendations from General Strain Theory 
3. The Normal Crime Rate, the Economy, and Mass Incarceration: An Institutional-Anomie Perspective on Crime-Control Policy 
4. A General Theory of Crime and Public Policy 
5. Nothing Is as Practical as a Good Theory: Social Learning and the Treatment and Prevention of Delinquency 
6. Routine Precautions, Criminology, and Crime Prevention

Part Two. The Policy Implications of Theory Applied to Specific Crime Types 
Introduction to Part II: Impact of Theory and Policy on Key Criminological Issues 
7. Decision Making by Persistent Thieves and Crime Control Policy 
8. Theories of Gang Behavior and Public Policy 
9. State Crime Theory and Control 
10. Theories of White-Collar Crime and Public Policy 
11. Drug Law and Violent Retaliation 
12. Feminist Criminology: Beyond the Slaying of Demons 
13. Critical Race Perspectives: Explaining the Differential Treatment of Racial Minorities by the Criminal Justice System 
14. Problem Solving Restorative Justice: From Incidents and Cases to Community Building and Collective Outcomes in a New Response to Youth Crime


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