Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts

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Joan McCord
Transaction Publishers, Aug 1, 2011 - Social Science - 346 pages
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Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts calls for rethinking the development of criminological theory. In her introduction, Joan McCord argues that the field is ready for new approaches and that its progress depends on a sound factual base. Examining the discipline's research design, methodology, and quantitative analysis efforts, the contributors identify significant advances in criminological theory. This empirical orientation results in a balanced blend of information and speculation.

This book contains a comprehensive review. The first chapter describes biological conditions that have theoretical links with criminal behaviorÔ ending with a discussion of how biological and social conditions may interact to influence criminal behavior. Early chapters discuss general issues related to crime. These are followed by expositions of theoretical orientations not typically found in criminological literature. The second half of the book describes seven longitudinal studies in four countries. The authors interpret their data to expose biological, social, and psychological factors they believe may influence criminal behavior.

These contributors include: Guenther Knoblich and Roy King, Daniel Glaser, Robert A. Rosellini and Robin L. Lashley, Robert J. Sampson, Ellen S. Cohn and Susan O. White, Joan McCord, L. Rowell Huesmann and Leonard D. Eron, Robert Cairns and Beverly Cairns, Richard E. Tremblay, Patricia Cohen and Judith S. Brook, David P. Farrington and David Magnussen, Britt af Klinteberg, and Hakan Stattin.

Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts addresses the observation of noted criminologist Marvin Wolfgang that criminological theory had stagnated. This groundbreaking work, available in paperback for the first time, is as relevant now as when first published. It should be read by all concerned with data-related approaches to criminology.

 

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Contents

Reconceiving Some Confounding Domains
23
Implications for Criminality
47
Insights
63
Taking Reasoning Seriously
95
Considering Altruism
115
Childhood Aggression and Adult Criminality
137
The Sociogenesis of Aggressive and Antisocial
157
Personality Theory Revisited
193
l0 A Developmental Perspective on Drug Use
231
Explaining the Beginning Progress and Ending
253
Autonomic ActivityReactivity Behavior and Crime
287
Contributors
319
Names Index
325
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