Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

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This two-volume set is designed to serve as a reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary criminological theory. Drawing together a team of international scholars, it examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in a context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. The work provides essays on cutting-edge research as well as concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Topics include contexts and concepts in criminological theory, the social construction of crime, policy implications of theory, diversity and intercultural contexts, conflict theory, rational choice theories, conservative criminology, feminist theory, and more.

Key Themes
The Classical School of Criminology
The Positivist School of Criminology
Early American Theories of Crime
Biological and Biosocial Theories of Crime
Psychological Theories of Crime
The Chicago School of Criminology
Cultural and Learning Theories of Crime
Anomie and Strain Theories of Crime and Deviance
Control Theories of Crime
Labeling and Interactionist Theories of Crime
Theories of the Criminal Sanction
Conflict, Radical, and Critical Theories of Crime
Feminist and Gender-Specific Theories of Crime
Choice and Opportunity Theories of Crime
Macro-Level/ Community Theories of Crime
Life-Course and Developmental Theories of Crime
Integrated Theories of Crime
Theories of White-Collar and Corporate Crime
Contemporary Gang Theories
Theories of Prison Behavior and Insurgency
Theories of Fear and Concern About Crime

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Why do societies have crime? Answers date from antiquity and the Bible, but this encyclopedia eschews what professor George Vold considers historical and "spiritual explanations." This two-volume encyclopedia begins with Beccaria and modern criminological explanations in 1764. The set is arranged A to Z, enhanced with a "Reader's Guide" listing entries according to 21 schools of thought, a "Criminological Time Line: The Top 25" theories, and an overall annotated bibliography also arranged by school of thought. Ninety percent of the 300 entries cover significant thinkers with the names of their ideas or books, for instance, "Merton…Anomie" or "Sutherland…The Professional Thief." This arrangement, coupled with the excellent index, makes the encyclopedia useful for reference and for students who sometimes catch only a passing name or concept in class. The novel name arrangement distinguishes this encyclopedia from SAGE's four other recent or forthcoming titles in criminology, as well as the new edition of Vold's Theoretical Criminology (6th ed., Oxford, 2010) or Transaction's Measuring Crime and Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory (2010). The editorial board is eminent, and the 200-plus contributors are American academics, primarily doctoral students. Entries vary in length from 1000 to 2000 words and include references and cross-references. There are no websites, however, and few illustrations, possibly small failings. BOTTOM LINE The arrangement and the overall clarity and consistency of the writing are reasons why one should prefer this title to other recent criminological titles. An excellent resource for college students in the social sciences at whatever level. Preferable among its peers to everything but Vold.—Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice Lib., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412959186
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/23/2010
  • Pages: 1240
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Pamela Wilcox is Professorin the School of Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. (1994)in Sociology at Duke University. Shehas published numerous works aimed at developing and testing theories of crime, victimization, and crime prevention. For instance, she is co-author ofCriminal Circumstance: A Dynamic Multicontextual Criminal Opportunity Theory (2003). Herarticles have appeared in a number of sociological, criminological, and multi-disciplinary journals, includingCriminology, Journal of Research in Crimeand Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, and Violence & Victims. She has also been co-Investigator on several federally-funded grants aimed at collecting longitudinal and contextual data on such things as school-based offending and victimization, student fear of crime and perceptions of safety, and bar-related violence. Professor Wilcox serves on editorial boards for the top scholarly journals in the areas of criminology and criminal justice, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Victims and Offenders. She previously served as Deputy Editor of Justice Quarterly.

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