Social Learning and Social Structure: A General Theory of Crime and Deviance

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Overview

The social learning theory of crime integrates Edwin H. Sutherland's diff erential association theory with behavioral learning theory. It is a widely accepted and applied approaches to criminal and deviant behavior. However, it is also widely misinterpreted, misstated, and misapplied.

This is the fi rst single volume, in-depth, authoritative discussion of the background, concepts, development, modifications, and empirical tests of social learning theory. Akers begins with a personal account of Sutherland's involvement in criminology and the origins of his infl uential perspective. He then traces the intellectual history of Sutherland's theory as well as social learning theory, providing a comprehensive explanation of how each theory approaches illegal behavior. Akers reviews research on various correlates and predictors of crime and delinquency that may be used as operational measures of differential association, reinforcement, and other social learning concepts.

Akers proposes a new, integrated theory of social learning and social structure that links group diff erences in crime to individual conduct. He concludes with a cogent discussion of the implications of social learning theory for criminology and public policy. Now available in paperback, with a new introduction by the author, this volume will be invaluable to professionals and for use in courses in criminology and deviance.

Ronald L. Akers is professor of criminology and sociology in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida. He is the author of Drugs, Alcohol, and Society: Structure, Process, and Policy, Deviant Behavior: A Social Learning Approach, and Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412809993
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 1,181,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald L. Akers is professor of criminology and sociology in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida. He is the author of Crime, Law and Sanctions: Theoretical Perspectives, Deviant Behavior: A Social Learning Approach, Social Learning and Social Structure: A General Theory of Crime and Deviance, and Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application.

Ronald L. Akers is professor of criminology and sociology in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of Florida. He is the author of Crime, Law and Sanctions: Theoretical Perspectives, Deviant Behavior: A Social Learning Approach, Social Learning and Social Structure: A General Theory of Crime and Deviance, and Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 A Personal History of the Development of Social Learning Theory 3
2 Development and Revisions of Differential Association Theory 21
3 The Social Learning Theory of Criminal and Deviant Behavior 47
4 Social Learning and Cultural Deviance Theory 90
5 Research on Social Learning Variables in Crime and Delinquency 107
6 Social Learning Variables in Delinquency Prediction 127
7 Adolescent Drug and Drinking Behavior: The Boys Town Study 170
8 Adolescent Smoking Behavior: The Iowa Study 202
9 Elderly Drinking Behavior: The Florida Study 234
10 Rape and Sexual Aggression 254
11 Other Studies on Social Learning 286
12 Social Structure and Social Learning in Crime and Deviance 322
Bibliography 373
Index 415
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