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This slim volume offers a comprehensive survey of the major criminological and delinquency theories, including their philosophical foundations, policy implications, empirical support, and criticisms. A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY can be used as a primary text or as a supplement for other texts, anthologies, or collections of journal articles.
1. AN INTRODUCTION TO THEORY. What Is Theory? Testing Theories. The Problem of Defining Crime. Why Is Theory Important, or Why Study Crime and Delinquency Theory? 2. CLASSICAL AND NEOCLASSICAL THEORY. Enlightenment Philosophy and Classical Theory. Beccaria. Rational Choice Theory. A Critique of Classical Theory. Neoclassical Theory. 3. POSITIVIST THEORIES. Positive Philosophy. The Influence of Empirical or Experimental Science. Major Differences between Positivism and Classicism/Neoclassicism. General Problems with Positivist Theories. 4. BIOLOGICAL THEORIES. Physiognomy and Phrenology. Criminal Anthropology. Body Type Theories. Heredity Studies . Modern Biocriminology. General Problems with Biological Theories. 5. PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES. Intelligence and Crime. Psychoanalytic Theories. General Problems with Psychoanalytic Theories. Personality and Crime. Humanistic Psychological Theory. 6. MACROSOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES. The Theory of the Chicago School or Social Disorganization Theory. Situational Crime Prevention and Routine Activities Theories. Functionalism. Anomie Theories. 7. MICROSOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES. Learning Theories. Subcultural Theories. Social Control Theories. 8. CRITICAL THEORIES. Interactionism and Labeling Theory. Conflict Criminology. Radical Criminology. Feminist Criminology. British or Left Realism. Peacemaking Criminology. Postmodern Criminology. 9. CONCLUSION: INTEGRATED THEORIES, DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES, AND BEYOND. Integrated Theories. Developmental Theories. Problems with Integrated and Developmental Theories. Conclusion. References. Name Index. Subject Index.
Posted January 13, 2011
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