Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance / Edition 1

Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance / Edition 1

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Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance / Edition 1

Many textbooks provide summaries and critiques of criminological theories, which are often supported by empirical evidence. However, this evidence is only as good as the research methods that were used to generate it. Where do these "facts" come from, and how reliable are they?

Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance offers a critical evaluation of the research methods that generate data, bridging the gap between theory and research in the study of crime and deviant behavior. This unique resource challenges students to carefully appraise—rather than blindly accept—the research techniques that are used to produce theories and scholarship.

In clear and engaging language, noted criminologists Charis E. Kubrin, Thomas D. Stucky, and Marvin D. Krohn assess the various research methods that have been used to test nine theoretical perspectives of crime. As they examine the processes and challenges of conducting theoretically directed research, the authors focus on sampling, measurement, and analytical issues. Coverage includes:

* Rational Choice/Deterrence Theory
* Trait Theories
* Social Disorganization Theory
* Anomie/Strain Theory
* Social Learning Theory
* Social Control Theory
* Labeling Theory
* Conflict Theory
* Integrated Theory

A dynamic and compelling text, Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance demystifies the research process, encouraging students to become better informed readers and researchers. It serves as an excellent resource for criminological theory courses, graduate-level research methods courses, and seminars that take a close look at the development of criminological theory and/or methods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195340860
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/02/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 306,711
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Charis E. Kubrin is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Washington University. She is coeditor of Crime: Readings (2007) and coauthor of Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity (2006).

Thomas D. Stucky is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is author of Urban Politics, Crime Rates, and Police Strength (2005).

Marvin D. Krohn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of Florida. He is coauthor of Gangs and Delinquency in Developmental Perspective (2003), which was a recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Rational Choice/Deterrence Theory
III. Trait Theories
IV. Social Disorganization Theory
V. Anomie/Strain Theory
VI. Social Learning Theory
VII. Social Control Theory
VIII. Labeling Theory
IX. Conflict Theory
X. Integrated Theory
XI. Conclusion

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