The Origins of American Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory

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The Origins of American Criminology is an invaluable resource. Both separately and together, these essays capture the stories behind the invention of criminology’s major theoretical perspectives. They preserve information that otherwise would have been lost. There is urgency to embark on this reflective task given that the generation that defined the field for the past decades is heading into retirement. This fine volume insures that their life experiences will not be forgotten....

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Overview

The Origins of American Criminology is an invaluable resource. Both separately and together, these essays capture the stories behind the invention of criminology’s major theoretical perspectives. They preserve information that otherwise would have been lost. There is urgency to embark on this reflective task given that the generation that defined the field for the past decades is heading into retirement. This fine volume insures that their life experiences will not be forgotten.

The volume shows criminology to be a human enterprise. Ideas are not driven primarily—and often not at all—by data. Theories are not invented solely as part of the scientific process; they are not inevitable. American criminology’s great theories most often precede the collection of data; they guide and produce empirical inquiry, not vice versa. Theoretical paradigms are shaped by a host of factors—scholars’ assumptions about the world drawn from their social constructs, disciplinary content and ideology, cognitive environments found in specific universities and the field’s scholarly networks, and, quirks in a person’s biography.

The volume demonstrates that humanity is what makes theory possible. Diverse experiences—when we were born, where we have lived, the unique trajectories of our personal life courses, the disciplines and academic places we have ended up—allow individual scholars to see the world differently.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A cavalcade of prominent and current names in criminology discusses theory from a nuanced perspective… In addition to the rather obvious value to teachers and students of theory, this volume also reveals some basic truths about academic and intellectual life, not the least of which is that intellectualism is an entirely human endeavor and does not occur in a sterile environment, but rather through the complex exercise of being human… Recommended.”

—F. E. Knowles, CHOICE

“[The Origins of American Criminology] offers considerable depth, providing a detailed history of many of the influential scholars and institutions that laid the foundations for modern criminology.”

—Amanda Geller, Social Service Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412814676
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2011
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Cincinnati.

Andrew J. Myer is assistant professor of sociology, social work, and criminal justice at Viterbo University.

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.

Cheryl Lero Jonsonis assistant professor of criminal justice at Northern Kentucky University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Preserving the Origins of American Criminology Francis T. Cullen Cheryl Lero Jonson Andrew J. Myer Freda Adler 1

Part I The Chicago School of Criminology

1 Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay: Chicago Criminologists Jon Snodgrass 17

2 Edwin H. Sutherland: The Development of Differential Association Theory Colin Goff Gilbert Geis 37

3 Communities and Crime Revisited: Intellectual Trajectory of a Chicago School Education Robert J. Sampson 63

Part II Merton's Columbia University Tradition

4 The Making of Criminology Revisited: An Oral History of Merton's Anomie Paradigm Francis T. Cullen Steven F. Messner 89

5 The Intellectual Origins of Institutional-Anomie Theory Richard Rosenfeld Steven F. Messner 121

6 Revitalizing Merton: General Strain Theory Robert Agnew 137

Part III Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania

7 Thorsten Sellin: Culture Conflict, Crime, and Beyond Colin Goff Gilbert Geis 161

8 The Pennsylvania School of Criminology: Building Tipping Points for a Discipline Lawrence W. Sherman 175

9 The Rise of Feminist Criminology: Freda Adler Jennifer L. Hartman Jody L. Sundt 205

Part IV New Visions of Crime

10 Becoming a Peacemaking Criminologist: The Travels of Richard Quinney John F. Wozniak 223

11 The Origins of the Routine Activity Approach and Situational Crime Prevention Ronald V. Clarke Marcus Felson 245

12 Because Crime Hurts, Justice Must Heal: John Braithwaite Nicole Leeper Piquero Paul Mazerolle 261

Part V The Control Theory-Social Learning Theory Debate

13 The Origins and Development of Containment Theory Walter C. Reckless Simon Dinitz C. Ronald Huff Frank R. Scarpitti 277

14 Control Theory: The Life and Work of Travis Hirschi John H. Laub 295

15 In Pursuit of A General Theory of Crime Michael R. Gottfredson 333

16 The Origins of Me and of Social Learning Theory: Personal and Professional Recollections and Reflections Ronald L. Akers 347

Part VI The Development of Life-Course Theory

17 Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck's Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency Study: The Lives of 1,000 Boston Men in the Twentieth Century John H. Laub Robert J. Sampson 369

18 Understanding the Development of Antisocial Behavior: Terrie Moffitt Alex R. Piquero 397

Contributors 409

Index 411

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