Measuring Crime and Criminality: Advances in Criminological Theory

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John MacDonald
Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Law - 403 pages
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Measuring Crime and Criminality focuses on how different approaches to measuring crime and criminality are used to test existing criminological theories. Each chapter reviews a key approach for measuring criminal behavior and discusses its strengths or weaknesses for explaining the facts of crime or answers to central issues of criminological inquiry. The book describes the state of the field on different approaches for measuring crime and criminality as seen by prominent scholars in the field. Among the featured contributions are: The Use of Official Reports and Victimization Data for Testing Criminological Theories; The Design and Analysis of Experiments in Criminology; and Growth Curve/Mixture Models for Measuring Criminal Careers. Also included are papers titled: Counterfactual Methods of Causal Inference and Their Application to Criminology; Measuring Gene-Environment Interactions in the Cause of Antisocial Behavior and What Has Been Gained and Lost through Longitudinal Research and Advanced Statistical Models? This volume of Advances in Criminological Theory illustrates how understanding the various ways criminal behavior is measured is useful for developing theoretical insights on the causes of crime.

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1 The SelfReport Method and the Development of Criminological Theory
An Example of Its Effect in Testing the Effects of SelfControl
3 How Do We Measure the Severity of Crimes? New Estimates of the Cost of Criminal Victimization
Construct Validation Deficits a Paucity of Comparisons and a BoudonColeman Metamodel Resolution
5 The Coming of a Networked Criminology?
6 What Can Genetically Informed Research Tell Us about the Causes of Crime?
7 Bounding Disagreements about Treatment Effects with an Application to Criminology
8 Randomized Experiments and the Advancement of Criminological Theory
The Effect of Knifing Off from the Past
A Statistical and Substantive Comparison of Growth Modeling Approaches
Theory Testing with Formal Empirical Models
12 MetaAnalysis and the Relative Support for Various Criminological Theories

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John MacDonald is Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology and the undergraduate chair of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of focus in criminology include interpersonal violence, race and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, and the effectiveness of social policy responses to crime. In addition his work has appeared in numerous publications including Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

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