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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, anomie, 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198765332
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Paul Rock is Professor of Social Institutions at the London School of Economics. He was formerly editor of the British Journal of Sociology. His publications include an edited volume entitled a History of British Criminology (OUP 1988); A View from the Shadows (1986); Helping Victims of Crime (1990) and the Social World of an English Crown Court (1993), all for the Oxford Socio-Legal Studies series. His most recent study examining the rebuilding of Holloway, Reconstructing a Women's Prison, was published by OUP in 1996.

David Downes is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He was formerly the editor of The British Journal of Criminology. His publications include Contrasts in Tolerance, published (in paperback) by OUP in 1991.

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Table of Contents

1 Confusion and Diversity 1
2 Sources of Knowledge about Deviance 24
3 The University of Chicago Sociology Department 53
4 Functionalism, Deviance, and Control 81
5 Anomie 104
6 Culture and Subculture 141
7 Symbolic Interactionism 177
8 Phenomenology 202
9 Control Theories 225
10 Radical Criminology 261
11 Feminist Criminology 293
12 Deviance Theories and Social Policy 316
13 The Metamorphosis of Deviance? 352
Bibliography 370
Index 403
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