Criminology Today / Edition 2by Frank Schmalleger, Cliff Roberson
Pub. Date: 08/28/1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Relevant, interesting, and eye-catching in its four-color layout, this probing introduction to contemporary criminology builds upon the dichotomy between the social problems perspective and the social responsibility perspective in crime - creating a useful framework that will help readers better understand central issues in the field, make informed/u>/b>/i>… See more details below
Relevant, interesting, and eye-catching in its four-color layout, this probing introduction to contemporary criminology builds upon the dichotomy between the social problems perspective and the social responsibility perspective in crime - creating a useful framework that will help readers better understand central issues in the field, make informed decisions, and draw their own conclusions about American public policy in the crime-control area. Debates the primary issue of whether crime should be addressed as a matter of individual responsibility and accountability, or treated as a symptom of a dysfunctional society. Addresses the latest social issues and discusses innovative criminological perspectives within a well-grounded and traditional theoretical framework. Emphasizes the wide and interdisciplinary variety of academic perspectives which contribute to a thorough and well-informed understanding of the crime problem. Considers Jack Kevorkian and the issue of whether the "assisted death" should continue to be criminalized; the insanity defense and John E. du Pont; analyses of the Daubert standard and DNA testing, the FBI's new National Computer Crime Squad (NCCS), the Reno v. ACLU 1997 case on internet indecency, and much more. Includes an award-winning web site and numerous other supplementary resources.
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Table of Contents
(NOTE: Every chapter begins with an Introduction and ends with a Summary consisting of Discussion Questions, a Web Watch, and Notes.)
I. THE CRIME PICTURE.
2. Patterns of Crime.
3. Research Methods and Theory Development.
II. CRIME CAUSATION.
5. Biological Roots of Behavior.
6. Psychological and Psychiatric Foundations of Criminal Behavior.
7. Crime and the Role of the Social Environment.
8. The Meaning of Crime - Social Process Perspectives.
III. CRIME IN THE MODERN WORLD.
10. White-Collar and Organized Crime.
11. Drug Abuse and Crime.
12. The High-Tech Offender.
IV. RESPONDING TO CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.
14. Future Directions in Criminology.
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