Theories of Delinquency: An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behavior / Edition 5

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Overview

Theories of Delinquency provides a comprehensive survey of major theoretical approaches to the understanding of delinquent behavior. It includes discussions and evaluations of all major individualistic and sociological theories, presenting each theory in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and critical evaluations of the relevant research. Theories covered include biological and psychological explanations, anomie and social disorganization, differential association, drift theory, labeling theory, critical theories, and explanations of female delinquency. Now in its fifth edition, Theories of Delinquency contains updated discussions of these theories, with special attention given to developmental theories of delinquency. It also offers coverage of international aspects of delinquency theory. Clearly written and consistently organized, Theories of Delinquency is important reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in crime and delinquency.
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"I really enjoy this book, it matches my class objectives perfectly. Once students have a good understanding of the theory, I can help them make the applications. Thanks for this valuable book."--Steve Stokes, Brigham Young University

"I like the book a great deal--it is easy to read, theoretically explicit, and relates the theories directly to issues of juvenile delinquency, which is very helpful. The empirical data brought to bear on the theories is contemporary and well presented, but the major strength of the book is its extensive critique of each theoretical perspective on both empirical and theoretical grounds."--Michelle Hughes Miller, Southern Illinois University

"Excellent overview of causes of delinquency--with an in-depth analysis of the most important explanations. Very readable. Students appreciate the clear, concise presentation."--Richard Lawrence, St. Cloud State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195168457
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald J. Shoemaker is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Explanations of delinquency 3
2 The classical school : issues of choice and reasoning 12
3 Biological and biosocial explanations 21
4 Psychological theories 49
5 Social disorganization and anomie 80
6 Lower-class-based theories of delinquency 112
7 Interpersonal and situational explanations 144
8 Control theories 167
9 Labeling theory 209
10 The radical theory of delinquency 228
11 Female delinquency 246
12 Delinquency theory : an integrative approach 276
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