Understanding Deviance: A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and Rule-Breaking / Edition 6

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This completely revised and updated text is a accessible review of the major sociological theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control. It moves chronologically from the "Chicago School" of the 1920s to contemporary work on "Left Realism" and feminist criminology. Also covered are functionalism, anomia, subculture theory, symbolic interactionism, phenomenology, control theories, and radical criminology.
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"An intelligent, wide-ranging, and thoroughly useful insight into the development of criminological thought....Undoubtedly a valuable theoretical guide."--British Journal of Criminology

"An intelligent, wide-ranging, and thoroughly useful insight into the development of criminological thought....Undoubtedly a valuable theoretical guide."--British Journal of Criminology

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A revised guide to the principal sociological theories of crime, delinquency, social deviance, and social control in the European and North American context. Includes a new chapter on feminist criminology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199569830
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Downes is Professor Emeritus of Social Administration at the London School of Economics. He is currently working on the causes, character, and consequences of mass imprisonment in the US, and on comparative trends in crime, inequality, the regulation of drug use, welfare services, and criminal justice.

Paul Rock is Professor of Social Institutions in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics. His interests focus on the development of criminal justice policies, particularly for victims of crime, but he has also published articles on criminological theory and the history of crime.

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