Varieties Of Criminology

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Whether criminologists position themselves in the left or right of the field, the reality common to their work involves a reconsideration of virtually all of our past theoretical journeys in criminology. This book captures the range of criminological thinking today, and provides a picture of a dynamic discipline in transition. Chapters consider contemporary theoretical development and discussion, focusing on street crime, youth and identity, and crime and social control in relation to questions of gender, class, race, learning, and culture. While there is disagreement among the authors about whether criminologists are developing new theory or circulating old theory, their contributions in this reader demonstrate the emerging plurality in criminological discourse, revealing continuities and discontinuities between old and new.

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GREGG BARAK is Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Criminological Theory in the "Postmodernist" Era 1
1 Biological and Neuropsychiatric Approaches to Criminal Behavior 15
2 Crime and Psychology of Mind: A Neo-Cognitive View of Delinquency 29
3 Human Ecology and Social Disorganization Revisit Delinquency in Little Rock 47
4 Strain, Relative Deprivation, and Middle-Class Delinquency 79
5 Social Control, Family Structure, and Delinquency 97
6 The Collective Reality of Crime: An Integrative Approach to the Causes and Consequences of the Criminal Event 117
7 A Neofractionalist Model of Crime and Crime Control 143
8 Confronting the Agenda of Authority: Critical Criminology, Anarchism, and Urban Graffiti 161
9 Young People, Culture, and the Construction of Crime: Doing Wrong versus Doing Crime 179
10 Crime, Excitement, and Modernity 189
11 Gender and Justice: Feminist Contributions to Criminology 213
12 Law, Ideology, and Subjectivity: A Semiotic Perspective on Crime and Justice 231
13 Crime, Criminology, and Human Rights: Toward an Understanding of State Criminality 253
References 269
Index 297
About the Contributors 301
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