Criminology: An Integrated Approach is the first criminology textbook to provide an integrated perspective on the developing global and historical relations that unite the studies of criminology/criminologists, criminal justice/justicians, and crime/crime control in the 21st century. In order to achieve this integration, the book is divided into three parts. Part I, "a unifying analysis of crime and crime control" does three things: First, the studies of criminology and criminal justice are reunited in the context of globalization. Second, the official and unofficial forms of crime and criminal behavior are examined domestically and globally. Third, unlike most criminology texts, theories are also used to explain the administration of criminal justice, the behavior of law enforcement and crime control, as well as the policies of sentencing and punishment. Part II, "explaining criminal behavior and crime" outlines the changing historical conditions of criminological inquiry and provides detailed overviews of the various contributions made from economics and law, biology, psychology, and sociology. These criminological theories are also subject to a critique based on the partialities of most of these explanations and on the need for developing integrated explanations. Part III, "integrating criminological strands," is divided between presenting elaborations of contemporary criminological integrations that transcend disciplinary boundaries and elaborating on both domestic and international policies of crime reduction and justice enhancement in an age of globalization.
Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology
In this text, Barak does a phenomenal job bringing attention to areas of study that are often overlooked or are just now beginning to emerge within the field....It greatly enhances ones understanding of globalization as related to criminological study, and integration. Some of the material presented within this text is of a complex nature. For this reason, I feel this text is appropriate for upper level undergraduate courses or even graduate classes. For general reading, I highly recommend this text for those who are interested in integration or globalization as it relates to criminology.
The book is beautifully organized, well-written, and very interesting. It has a trio of virtues: the author does an excellent job of defining and showing the advantages of integrative approaches. He also refuses to allow readers to separate crime from criminal justice. This strikes me as distinctive and rather original. And I very much like the way he helps us to see how U.S. criminology exists in relation to a global approach.
Barak provides the first integrated analysis of crime, criminal justice, and criminology through a global lens, revealing the importance of a global perspective for the study of crime and justice in the 21st century. While moving seamlessly from micro bio-psychological, interactive-social process to the macro cultural-structural forces that shape crime and our responses to it, the author presents the reader with a feast of the latest criminological ideas in this sumptuous tome.
Leslie W. Kennedy
Barak takes on the study of criminology in a novel way, integrating more mainstream theories with perspectives that have received less attention. I also am very impressed with the way in which he incorporates the new thinking about globalization and crime and adding a critique of the risk perspectives. . . . Overall, this book will be an important text for courses where instructors want to explore different ideas and approaches about crime. It is provocative in a positive way.
1 Preface and Acknowledgments 2 PART I INTRODUCTION: A UNIFYING ANALYSIS OF CRIME AND CRIME CONTROL 3 Chapter One: Criminology & Criminal Justice: An Integrated Perspective 4 Chapter Two: Official & Unofficial Crimes: A Domestic (USA) Perspective 5 Chapter Three: Official & Unofficial Crimes: A Global Perspective 6 Chapter Four: Crime Control, Risk Management, and Surveillance: Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement 7 Chapter Five: Crime Control, Dangerousness, and the Penal-Industrial Complex: Punishment and Sentencing 8 PART II STRANDS OF CRIMINOLOGICAL THOUGHT: EXPLAINING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR AND CRIME 9 Chapter Six: On the Foundations of Criminological Inquiry: Contributions in Time and Space 10 Chapter Seven: Interest and Rationality: Contributions from Economics and Law 11 Chapter Eight: Nature and Nurture: Contributions from Biology 12 Chapter Nine: Mind and Character: Contributions from Psychology 13 Chapter Ten: Culture and Society: Contributions from Sociology 14 PART III INTEGRATING CRIMINOLOGICAL STRANDS: THEORY AND PRACTICE 15 Chapter Eleven: Integrated Models in an Age of Globalization and Transdisciplinarity: An Eclectic Overview of Emerging Approaches 16 Chapter Twelve: Crime, Globalization, and the Capitalist World Order: Implications for Criminology and Strategies for Social Justice