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The Criminology Theory Reader - Professor Stuart Henry

The Criminology Theory Reader

By: Professor Stuart Henry (Editor), Werner Einstadter (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780814735510
Number Of Pages: 637

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This lively anthology brings together many of the best theoretical essays on crime causation published in the American Society of Criminology's journal "Criminology." In "The Criminology Theory Reader," Stuart Henry and Werner Einstadter have edited key articles into concise, student-friendly readings without compromising the essays' original integrity. The book captures the essence and diversity of thinking about crime by including representative articles from the major theoretical perspectives: classical and rational choice, biological and psychological, ecology, strain and subcultural, social learning and differential association, neutralization and social control, labeling and social constructionist, and Marxist and critical theory.

"The Criminology Theory Reader" also contains cutting-edge thinking on feminist theory, postmodernist, constitutive, and integrated approaches. The overview essay and helpful section introductions guide students through the core debates. The following respected theorists are among the contributing authors: Beirne, Clarke, Stark, Bursik, Felson, Akers, Laub, Agnew, Simpson, Chambliss, Melossi, Feeley, Friedrichs, Thornberry, Hirschi, Yeager, Bernard, and Rafter.

"The Criminology Theory Reader" is the perfect reference for those interested in the explanations of crime and criminality.

"Are they needed? To be sure. The Darwinian industry, industrious though it is, has failed to provide texts of more than a handful of Darwin's books. If you want to know what Darwin said about barnacles (still an essential reference to cirripedists, apart from any historical importance) you are forced to search shelves, or wait while someone does it for you; some have been in print for a century; various reprints have appeared and since vanished."
-Eric Korn, "Times Literary Supplement"

About the Contributors
Introduction: Criminology and Criminological Theoryp. 1
Classical and Rational Choice Theory
Inventing Criminology: The "Science of Man" in Cesare Beccaria's Dei delitti e delle pene (1764)p. 19
Understanding Crime Displacement: An Application of Rational Choice Theoryp. 45
Causes of White-Collar Crimep. 57
Biological and Psychological Theory
Criminal Anthropology in the United Statesp. 78
Biological Perspectives in Criminologyp. 92
Are Some People Crime-Prone? Replications of the Personality-Crime Relationship across Countries, Genders, Races, and Methodsp. 110
Ecology Theory
Routine Activities and Crime Prevention in the Developing Metropolisp. 132
Deviant Places: A Theory of the Ecology of Crimep. 145
Social Disorganization and Theories of Crime and Delinquency: Problems and Prospectsp. 156
Strain and Subcultural Theory
Foundations for a General Strain Theory of Crime and Delinquencyp. 177
Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacksp. 195
Differential Association and Social Learning Theory
The Stooper: A Professional Thief in the Sutherland Mannerp. 217
Is Differential Association/Social Learning Cultural Deviance Theory?p. 228
Neutralization and Social Control Theory
Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crimep. 247
The Misplaced Role of Rational Choice in Neutralization Theoryp. 265
Social Control Theories of Delinquency: Direct Parental Controlsp. 276
Labeling and Social Constructionist Theory
Organization Offending and Neoclassical Criminology: Challenging the Reach of a General Theory of Crimep. 293
The Process of Criminalization: The Case of Computer Crime Lawsp. 311
New Directions: Critical Theory
Overcoming the Crisis in Critical Criminology: Toward a Grounded Labeling Theoryp. 334
State-Organized Crimep. 346
Corporations, Organized Crime, and Hazardous Waste Disposal: Making a Criminogenic Regulatory Structurep. 363
New Directions: Feminist Theory
Caste, Class, and Violent Crime: Explaining Difference in Female Offendingp. 386
A Theory of Homicidal Behavior among Womenp. 400
New Directions: Postmodernist and Constitutive Theory
Postmodern Thought and Criminological Discontent: New Metaphors for Understanding Violencep. 419
Constitutive Criminology: The Maturation of Critical Theoryp. 436
The New Penology: Notes on the Emerging Strategy of Corrections and Its Implicationsp. 451
New Directions: Integrated Theory
Toward an Interactional Theory of Delinquencyp. 471
Turning Points in the Life Course: Why Change Matters to the Study of Crimep. 493
A General Paradigm for Understanding Criminal Behavior: Extending Evolutionary Ecological Theoryp. 508
Referencesp. 533
Indexp. 601
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ISBN: 9780814735510
ISBN-10: 0814735517
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 637
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.06  x 3.86
Weight (kg): 0.84

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