Out of Control: Assessing the General Theory of Crime

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Out of Control promises to be a key supplemental textbook in criminology and sociology courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Providing an indispensable overview of Gottfredson and Hirschi's influential self-control theory, this fundamental text evaluates whether the theory truly helps us to understand the facts of crime.

A range of prominent criminologists offers diverse views in fifteen original essays, providing students with the first proper assessment of self-control theory. This lucid book addresses important general considerations relevant to the theory, its relationship to other theories of crime, and its relevance to different types of crime. The book ends with a response from the originators of the theory, who tackle their critics' concerns and offer new explanations and revisions. This compelling text will be an asset for academics, researchers, and students interested in explaining criminal behavior.

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"An excellent, balanced exploration of self-control theory that leaves readers with a clear understanding of the limitations as well as the strengths of the theory."—CHOICE

"This book provides a good review of the criticism of Gottfredson and Hirschi's theories and a useful summary of common debates and arguments surrounding the role of self-control in crime causation. No other texts haveconsolidated these important arguments." —Per-Olof H. Wikström, University of Cambridge

"Goode delivers the first book-length treatment of self-control theory, taking it well beyond its original boundaries. The contributors are especially engaging and differ greatly in the extent to which they are convinced by the theory. Whether a friend or foe of the theory, you will find here a thoughtful set of essays that expand your appreciation for the theory's contributions by linking it directly to both crime and criminological thinking. A must-read for serious students of criminology."—Gary LaFree, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804758208
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,411,741
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Erich Goode is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is currently Visiting Scholar at New York University. He is the editor of a half-dozen anthologies and the author of ten books, including Drugs in American Society.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I General Considerations

1 Out of Control? An Introduction to the General Theory of Crime Erich Goode Goode, Erich 3

2 Measuring Self-Control Alex R. Piquero Piquero, Alex R. 26

3 Age, Sex, and Racial Distributions of Crime David F. Greenberg Greenberg, David F. 38

4 The Undeveloped Concept of Opportunity Sally S. Simpson Simpson, Sally S. Gilbert Geis Geis, Gilbert 49

5 Parenting and Self-Control Francis T. Cullen Cullen, Francis T. James D. Unnever Unnever, James D. John Paul Wright Wright, John Paul Kevin M. Beaver Beaver, Kevin M. 61

Pt. II Theories of Crime

6 Self-Control and Social Learning Theory Ronald L. Akers Akers, Ronald L. 77

7 Self-Control, Anomie, and Social Institutions Richard Rosenfeld Rosenfeld, Richard Steven F. Messner Messner, Steven F. 90

8 On the Compatibility of Social Disorganization and Self-Control Ross L. Matsueda Matsueda, Ross L. 102

9 A Feminist Consideration of Gender and Crime LeeAnn Iovanni Iovanni, LeeAnn Susan L. Miller Miller, Susan L. 127

Pt. III Types of Crime

10 Low Self-Control and High Organizational Control: The Paradoxes of White-Collar Crime David O. Friedrichs Friedrichs, David O. Martin D. Schwartz Schwartz, Martin D. 145

11 Violent Crime Richard B. Felson Felson, Richard B. D. Wayne Osgood Osgood, D. Wayne 160

12 Property Crimes Marc L. Swatt Swatt, Marc L. Robert F.Meier Meier, Robert F. 173

13 Drug Use and Criminal Behavior Erich Goode Goode, Erich 185

Pt. IV Concluding Thoughts

14 Self-Control: A Hypercritical Assessment Gilbert Geis Geis, Gilbert 203

15 Critiquing the Critics: The Authors Respond Travis Hirschi Hirschi, Travis Michael R. Gottfredson Gottfredson, Michael R.217

Bibliography 233

Index 263

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