Theoretical Integration in the Study of Deviance and Crime: Problems and Prospects

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Revised papers presented at a May 1987 conference in Albany, New York. They explore the process of combining theories on how crime and deviance are related. On the micro- and macro- levels, and between them, three types of integration are discussed: side-by-side (partitioning), end-to-end (sequential), and up-and-down (deductive). Paperback edition ($19.95) not seen. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Strategies and Requisites for Theoretical Integration in the Study of Crime and Deviance
Allen E. Liska, Marvin D. Krohn, and Steven F. Messner

Part I. Micro-Level Integration
1. The Social Behaviorist's Perspective on Integration of Theories of Crime and Deviance
Ronald L. Akers
2. Exploring Alternatives to Integrated Theory
Travis Hirschi
3. Reflections on the Advantages and Disadvantages of Theoretical Integration
Terence P. Thornberry
4. A Theory of Mental Illness: An Attempted Integration of Biological, Psychological and Social Variables
Walter R. Grove and Michael Hughes
5. Cognitive Consistency in Deviance Causation: A Psychological Elaboration of an Integrated Systems Model
Ronald A. Farrell
6. Theory Integration Versus Model Building
Margaret Farnworth

Part II. Macro-Level Integration
7. Political Decisionmaking and Ecological Models of Delinquency: Conflict and Consensus
Robert J. Bursik, JR
8. Towards an Integrated Theory of Criminal Behavior
Charles F. Wellford
9. The Discipline as Data: Resolving the Theoretical Crisis in Criminology
Victoria L. Swigert
10. A Theoretical Approach to Integration
Thomas J. Bertrand
11. Prospects for Synthetic Theory: A Consideration of Macro-Level Criminological Activity
Charles R. Tittle
12. Three Perennial Issues in the Sociology of Deviance
Jack P. Gibbs

Part III. Cross-Level Integration
13. Deviance and Differentiation
Robert F. Meier
14. Micro- and Macro-Structures of Delinquency Causation and Power-Control Theory of Gender and Delinquency
John Hagan
15. Strategies for Cross-Level Theorizing: Comments on the Meier and Hagan Papers
Craig B. Little
16. Exploring Integration of Theoretical Levels of Explanation: Notes on Gang Delinquency
James F. Short, JR
17. Confronting Control Theory's Negative Cases
Peggy C. Giordano
18. The Challenge and Promise of Theoretical Integration in Criminology
Roland Chilton

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