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“Cullen, Wright, and Blevins engaged contemporary theorists to discuss the current state of the gamut of criminological theory for this excellent 15th volume in the series "Advances in Criminological Theory." Each chapter highlights a specific area of theory as an innovator or originator of the perspective, and brings current world and social affairs to bear on the framework… Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students and above.”
—F. E. Knowles, Choice
"All writings have a common roots in the basic understanding of criminology theory, particularly the three perspective at the core of criminology: social learning theory, control theory, and strain theory. Intended for advanced criminology students, Taking Stock is a valuable contribution to common understanding of the causes of, deterrents to, and optimum means to combat crime."
—Michael Dunford, Midwest Book Review
"According to the editors of this of this new volume in the venerable Advances in Criminological Theory series, the emergence of a multiple array of criminological theories in recent decades may well be 'intellectually bewildering for the average criminologist.' Imagine the plight of practioners (or ordinary citizens) interested in digging a little deeper into the roots of criminal offending behavior! It is of great value, then, that the editors, all associated with the University of Cincinnati's criminal justice program, have made the effort to "entice scholars who have either authored a specific theory or had been prominent within a theoretical tradition to take stock of their respective perspectives." [...] This collection of 15 articles, plus a thorough introduction from the editors, serves professional and lay readers equally well. Of particular importance is the editors' emphasis on the utility of meta-analysis and on not just taking stock but takng empirical responsibility for the vitality and usefulness of particual theories."