Theories of Crime: A Reader / Edition 1

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Designed as a stand-alone or for use with Curran & Renzetti's Theories of Crime, 2/e (Allyn & Bacon, © 2001), this reader contains excerpts from criminologists' writings on many of the most recent sociological, biological, and psychological theories of crime.

Editors Renzetti, Curran, and Carr have compiled one of the most thorough books on the market in terms of presenting diverse theoretical perspectives. They offer introductions to each theory, briefly outlining the theory's strengths and weaknesses, and provide a set of discussion questions at the end of each theory. Excerpted readings were chosen for their accessibility to all students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205361014
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/19/2002
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Prelude. What Is Theory and What Do Criminologists Do With It?


1. Genes and Crime: Is Criminality Inherited?

Genetic Epidemiology of Antisocial Behavior, Ty A. Ridenour.

2. Crime and the Brain.

The Biology of Violence, Debra Niehoff.


3. Intelligence and Crime.

Intelligence and Delinquency: A Revisionist Review, Travis Hirschi and

Michael Hindelang.

4. Crime and Mental Illness.

Mental Illness and Violent Crime, John Monahan.

5. Substance Abuse and Crime.

Women and Crack-Cocaine, James A. Inciardi, Dorothy Lockwood, and Anne E. Pottieger.


6. Crime and Social Disorganization.

Community Structure and Crime: Testing Social Disorganization Theory, Robert J. Sampson and W. Byron Groves.

7. Routine Activities Theory.

Social Change and Crime Rate Trends: A Routine Activity Approach, Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson.

8. Anomie and Social Strain Theories.

Anomie, Reference Groups, and Relative Deprivation, Nikos Passas.


9. Crime and Social Bonds.

A Control Theory of Delinquency, Travis Hirschi.

10. Crime and Self-Control.

The Nature of Criminality: Low Self-Control, Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi.

11. Control Balance Theory.

Deviance in Control Balance Theory, Charles R. Tittle.

12. Learning to Be Criminal.

Social Learning Theory, Ronald L. Akers.

13. Crime and Stigma: Labeling Theory.

Outsiders, Howard S. Becker.


14. Crime and Power.

The Marxian Critique of Criminal Justice, Jeffrey Reiman.

15. Deromanticizing Crime: Left Realism.

The Failure of Criminology, Jock Young.

16. Peacemaking Criminology.

The Way of Peace: On Crime, Suffering, and Service, Richard Quinney.

17. Women's Liberation and Crime.

A Power-Control Theory of Gender and Delinquency, John Hagan.

18. Accounting for Intersecting Inequalities: Feminist Criminology.

Feminism for the Mainstream Criminologist: An Invitation, Jeanne Flavin.

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