Theoretical Criminology

Theoretical Criminology

by George B. Vold

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Theoretical Criminology by George B. Vold

This fourth edition of Theoretical Criminology, the standard text and reference in its field, has been extensively revised and completely updated. New sections include material on neurotransmitters, environmentally induced biological components of behavior, impulsiveness and crime, neighborhoods as causes of crime, situational contexts of crime, the decline and resurgence of strain theories, and control-ology. The text also examines Gottfredson and Hirsch's General Theory of Crime, Katz's Seductions of Crime, Hagan's Structural Criminology, and Black's Behavior of Law, as well as postmodern criminology and feminist criminology. A new chapter on developmental criminology discusses criminal careers, longitudinal research, the relationship between age and crime, Thornberry's interactional theory, and Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory of informal social control. A second new chapter on integrated theories discusses recent efforts by Elliott et al., Braithwaite, Tittle, Vila, and Bernard and Snipes. The text presents each type of theory accurately and comprehensively within its historical context. Relevant empirical research is reviewed and assessed, and research issues related to theory testing are also discussed. The writing style is lively and readable, designed to appeal to students at all levels. Offering the most accurate, clear, and comprehensive presentation of criminology theories, Theoretical Criminology continues to retain its premier position in the field of criminology, a position it has held for almost 40 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195036169
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/01/1985
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

The late George B. Vold was a Professor at the University of Minnesota from 1937 until his retirement in 1964. Vold, a renowned scholar, is the author of Prediction Methods and Parole (1931), Survey of Police Training (1937), and Man and Society (1937). Thomas J. Bernard is Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of The Consensus-Conflict Debate (1983) and The Cycle of Juvenile Justice (1992). Jeffrey B. Snipes is Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. His articles have appeared in Criminology, Crime and Justice, Law and Society Review, Social Forces, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Table of Contents

1. Theory and Crime

2. Classical Criminology

3. Positivist Criminology

4. Theories Related to Physical Appearance

5. Theories Related to Intellegence

6. Biological Factors and Criminal Behavior

7. The Personality of the Offender

8. Crime and Economic Conditions

9. Durkheim, Anomie, and Modernization

10. The Ecology of Crime

11. Strain Theories

12. Learning Theories

13. Control Theories

14. The Meaning of Crime

15. Conflict Criminology

16. Critical Criminology

17. Developmental Criminology

18. Integrated Theories

19. Asssessing Criminology Theory

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