Explaining Crime: A Primer in Criminological Theory

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Dec 16, 2009 - Social Science - 192 pages
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This book provides a concise but comprehensive review of the full range of classic and contemporary theories of crime. With separate chapters on the nature and use of criminological theory as well as theoretical application, the authors render the difficult task of explaining crime more understandable to the introductory student. All of the main theories in criminology are reviewed including classical and rational choice, biological, psychological, and evolutionary, social structural, social process, critical, general, and integrated approaches. Copious examples of the spirit of the theories are supplied, many with a popular culture (e.g., film and music) connection. The highly original final chapter, titled 'Putting Criminological Theory to Work,' provides readers with an integrated theoretical model that students can apply to virtually any type of crime. The book is well suited for use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, criminal justice, and deviance.
 

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Contents

Chapter 01 The Basics of Criminological Theory
1
Chapter 02 Classical and Rational Choice Theories
17
Chapter 03 Biological Psychological and Evolutionary Theories
35
Chapter 04 Social Structural Theories
51
Chapter 05 Social Process Theories
73
Chapter 06 Critical Theories
101
Chapter 07 General and Integrated Theories
131
Tools for Using Criminological Theory
163
References
173
Index
193
About the Authors
197
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Hugh D. Barlow is professor emeritus of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

David Kauzlarich is professor and chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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