In a major new theory of criminal behavior, Mark Colvin argues that chronic criminals emerge from a developmental process characterized by recurring, erratic episodes of coercion. Colvin's differential coercion theory, which integrates several existing criminological perspectives, lays out a compelling argument that coercive forces create social and psychological dynamics that lead to chronic criminal behavior. While Colvin's presentation focuses primarily on chronic street criminals, the theory is also applied to exploratory offenders and white-collar criminals. In addition, Colvin presents a critique of current crime control measures, which rely heavily on coercion, and offers in their place a comprehensive crime reduction program based on consistent, non-coercive practices.
Author Biography: Mark Colvin is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Edition description:||Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Mark Colvin is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||viii|
|2.||Emergence of a Differential Coercion Theory of Criminality||9|
|3.||The Immediate Contexts of Coercion||53|
|4.||The Larger Contexts of Coercion: Economics and Culture||89|
|5.||Coercion in the Foreground of Crime||115|
|6.||A Theory-Driven Response to Crime: Toward A Non-Coercive Society||139|
|Appendix||A Guide to Literature on Measuring Key Variables||177|