Theories of Delinquency: An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behavior

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Oxford University Press, Dec 28, 2009 - Law - 400 pages
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Theories of Delinquency is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical approaches towards understanding delinquent behavior. Donald Shoemaker aptly presents all major individualistic and sociological theories in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and critical evaluations. Theories covered include biological and psychological explanations, anomie and social disorganization, differential association, drift theory, labeling theory, critical theories, and explanations of female delinquency. Now in its sixth edition, Theories of Delinquency contains up-to-date discussions based on current research throughout, extensive revisions to control theories, especially the general theory of crime, and expanded coverage of integrated and cutting-edge theories. Clearly written, consistently organized, and now thoroughly updated, Theories of Delinquency remains essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of crime and delinquency.
 

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Contents

1 Explanations of Delinquency
3
Issues of Choice and Reasoning
15
3 Biological and Biosocial Explanations
27
4 Psychological Theories
61
5 Social Disorganization and Anomie
99
6 LowerClassBased Theories of Delinquency
141
7 Interpersonal and Situational Explanations
181
8 Control Theories
209
9 Labeling Theory
259
10 The Radical Theory of Delinquency
283
11 Female Delinquency
305
An Integrative Approach
345
Author Index
371
Subject Index
383
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Donald J. Shoemaker is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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