The Legacy of Anomie Theory

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This sixth volume Advances in Criminological Theory is testimony to a resurgent interest in anomie-strain theory, which began in the mid-1980s and continues unabated into the 1990s. Contributors focus on the new body of empirical research and theorizing that has been added to the anomie tradition that extends from Durkheim to Merton. The first section is a major, 75-page statement by Robert K. Merton, examining the development of the anomie-and-opportunity-struc-ture paradigm ...

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This sixth volume Advances in Criminological Theory is testimony to a resurgent interest in anomie-strain theory, which began in the mid-1980s and continues unabated into the 1990s. Contributors focus on the new body of empirical research and theorizing that has been added to the anomie tradition that extends from Durkheim to Merton. The first section is a major, 75-page statement by Robert K. Merton, examining the development of the anomie-and-opportunity-struc-ture paradigm and its significance to criminology.

The Legacy of Anomie Theory assesses the theory's continuing usefulness, explains the relevance of Merton's concept of goals/means disparity as a psychological mechanism in the explanation of delinquency, and compares strain theory with social control theory. A macrosociological theoretical formulation is used to explain the association between societal development and crime rates. In other chapters, anomie is used to explain white-collar crime and to explore the symbiotic relationship between Chinese gangs and adult criminal organizations within the cultural, economic, and political context of the American-Chinese community.

Contributors include: David F. Greenberg, Sir Leon Radzinowicz, Richard Rosenfeld, Steven F. Messner, David Weisburd, Ellen Chayet, Ko-lin Chin, Jeffrey Pagan, John P. Hoffmann, Timothy Ireland, S. George Vincent-nathan, Michael J. Lynch, W. Byron Groves, C. Ray Jeffery, Gilbert Geis, Thomas J. Bernard, Nikos Passas, Robert Agnew, Gary F. Jensen, Deborah V. Cohen, Elin Waring, and Bonnie Berry. The Legacy of Anomie Theory \s important for criminologists, sociologists, psychologists, and other professionals seeking to understand crime and violence in culture.

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This sixth volume in Advances in Criminological Theory reflects the resurgent interest in anomie-strain theory, which began in the mid- 1980s and continues unabated. Contributors focus on the new body of empirical research and theorizing that has been added to the anomie tradition that extends from Durkheim to Merton. The first section is a major, 75-page statement by Robert K. Merton, reexamining the development of the anomie-and-opportunity-structure paradigm and its significance to criminology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Freda Adler is distinguished professor emerita in the criminal justice program at Rutgers University, Newark. She is also a past president of the American Criminological Society. In addition to being co-editor of Transaction’s Advances in Criminological Theory series, she is the author of numerous works, including Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Criminal and Criminology and the Criminal Justice System. William S. Laufer is Julian Aresty Professor of legal studies and business ethics at the Wharton School; director at the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research; and professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as co-editor of Transaction’s Advances in Criminological Theory series. His writings, which focus extensively on criminal behavior and corporate criminal responsibility, have appeared in many professional journals, including American Criminal Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Opportunity Structure: The Emergence, Diffusion, and Differentiation of a Sociological Concept, 1930s-1950s 3
1 Merton versus Hirschi: Who Is Faithful to Durkheim's Heritage? 81
2 Continuities in the Anomie Tradition 91
3 The Contribution of Social-Psychological Strain Theory to the Explanation of Crime and Delinquency 113
4 Salvaging Structure through Strain: A Theoretical and Empirical Critique 139
5 Crime and the American Dream: An Institutional Analysis 159
6 Ethics and Crime in Business Firms: Organizational Culture and the Impact of Anomie 183
7 White-Collar Crime and Anomie 207
8 Social Order and Gang Formation in Chinatown 227
9 Cloward and Ohlin's Strain Theory Reexamined: An Elaborated Theoretical Model 247
10 Synnomie to Anomie: A Macrosociological Formulation 271
11 Kristian Georgevich Rakovsky: A Criminological Interlude 287
12 Contemporary Criminological Theory and Historical Data: The Sex Ratio of London Crime 303
13 Social Reaction and Secondary Deviance in Culture and Society: The United States and Japan 329
14 Discrepancies in the Control of Elite and Lower-Status Deviance: A Theory of Multiple Control 349
15 In Defense of Comparative Criminology: A Critique of General Theory and the Rational Man 367
Comments on Volume 3 395
Comments on Volume 1 and Volume 2 399
Contributors 429
Name Index 431
Subject Index 435
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