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Criminal Behavior : Theories, Typologies and Criminal Justice - Jacqueline B. Helfgott

Criminal Behavior

Theories, Typologies and Criminal Justice

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Rich in historical and contemporary theory and research, Criminal Behavior: Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice is a comprehensive core text that provides an interdisciplinary overview of criminal behavior by examining relevant crime theories, explanations of how and why crime typologies are developed, literature reviews for major crime categories, and discussions of how crime theories and crime typologies are used throughout the criminal justice process. Focusing on relevant themes and current issues, this text also looks closely at categorizations of criminal behavior, the relationship between crime and pop culture, mass media, and computer technology, and gender issues and crime. This engaging book applies theory and research to real-world criminal justice practice.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Applies theory and research to concrete examples of criminal justice practice in law enforcement, public safety, courts/law, and corrections
  • Explores real-world examples and contemporary issues-using chapter-opening vignettes, illustrative photos and graphs, boxed real-life case studies, and an interdisciplinary framework-making the text lively and engaging
  • Views crime as a dynamic, changing phenomenon and examines how mass media and computer technology shape criminal behavior in a unique chapter on crime, media, and technology that addresses cybercrime and copy cat crimes-topics that fascinate students
  • Examines feminist issues and cultural criminology, reviewing the role of gender and culture in shaping criminal behavior
  • Boasts full chapters on political crime and economic crime-subjects often ignored in other texts Includes comparative information throughout, giving students an international perspective, as well as topical coverage relating to race, ethnicity, and gender issues


  • A Student study site at www.sagepub.com/helfgottstudy includes self-quizzes, e-flashcards, NPR and Frontline audio and video clips, SAGE Journal articles, and more.
  • Instructor Resources on CD├┐include test questions, PowerPoint slides, and in-class exercises.

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This core text offers contemporary insight on criminal behavior for undergraduate and graduate students in criminology and criminal justice, psychology, and related fields.

Theories and Typologies
Criminal Behavior - Nature, Extent, and Measurement
Why do People Commit Crime?
Crime in the United States
Measurement of Crime
The Changing Nature of Crime and Its Response in the 21st Century
Theories of Criminal Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Interdisciplinary Criminology
Integrating Theories of Criminal Behavior
Applying Interdisciplinary Criminology
Typologies of Crime and Mental Disorders
What is a "typology?"
How are typologies constructed?
Mental Disorders and Criminal Behavior
Criminal Typologies: Theory and Purpose
Evaluating Typologies
Psychopathy and Criminal Behavior
Defining Psychopathy
The Psychopath's Inability to Feel
What Causes Psychopathy?
Primary and Secondary Psychopathy
Socio-cultural Influences on Manifestations of Psychopathy
The Levels Hypothesis
Psychopathy, Crime, and Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
Criminal Typologies
Violent Crime
Agression and Violence
Types of Violent Crime
Sex Crime
Normal Sexuality, Sexual Deviance, Sexual Disorder, and Sex Crime
Sex Offender Typologies
Economic Crime
What is Economic Crime?
Economic Crime Typologies
Public Order Crime
The Nature of Public Order Offenses
Public Order Crime Typologies
Political Crime
Defining Political Crime
Types of Political Crime
The Nature and Dynamics of Political Crime
The Influence of Technology, Media, and Popular Culture on Criminal Behavior: Copycat and Cybercrime
Technology-Related Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior
Technology-Related Crime Subtypes
Crimes of the Future - How Technology Shapes Criminal Behavior
Applying Theories and Typologies to Criminal Justice Policy and Practice
Applied Criminology - How Theory and Typologies are Used in the Criminal Justice System
Police and Public Safety
Challenges for the Future in Understanding and Responding to Criminal Behavior
The Science of Criminal Behavior
Remembering the Past to Inform the Future
Challenges and Innovative Directions for the Study of Criminal Behavior
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ISBN: 9781412904872
ISBN-10: 1412904870
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 1st March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 22.86  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.01

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