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Criminology
An Interdisciplinary Approach



December 2006 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"I find that Walsh's text is a great value for the price in that it encompasses a number of criminal justice topics, a strong theoretical discussion, and dedicates chapters to the integrated approach of criminology. [It also features] an interdisciplinary approach that integrates rather than separates the theories [and] a comprehensive student study site that challenges the student to move beyond the classroom and textbook."—Erin Conley-Monroe, Harold Washington College

I was impressed after reviewing the table of contents that Walsh included separate Chapters on Terrorism and Drugs . . . I felt that Walsh's writing is very sophisticated and better organized with regards to Chapters than [the competition]. I really liked how the interdisciplinary approach is explained and the organization/choice of theories covered…. It addresses Criminology more at the interdisciplinary approach and explains why that is important. I [also] find Sage's [student study site at www.sagepub.com/criminologystudy] to be thorough and easy to navigate. Walsh is a much better value for the price."—Cathryn Lavery, Iona College

This unique text offers an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and criminality by integrating the latest theories, concepts, and research from sociology, psychology, and biology. Offering a more complete look at the world of criminology than any other existing text, authors Anthony Walsh and Lee Ellis first present criminological theory and concepts in their traditional form and then show how integrating theory and concepts from the more basic sciences can complement, expand, strengthen, and add coherence to them.

Key Features:

  • Offers students the opportunity to learn from the "cutting edges" of criminology: This innovative, interdisciplinary approach introduces students to the "future" of criminology by offering new and exciting insights. The book also includes strong sections on crime policy and prevention that illustrate the practical benefits of understanding theory and how theories guide policy-makers seeking to prevent and control crime.
  • Focuses on topics fascinating to students: Chapters on typologies such as violent crime, serial killers, terrorism, drug and alcohol addiction, psychopaths, organized crime, and white collar crime engage students while showing how the theories presented earlier can be applied.
  • Presents material in a student-friendly style: Written in an accessible format, the book features many pedagogical tools such as chapter opening vignettes, "Focus On" boxes, summary tables of all theories, a unique photo program, discussion questions, Web-driven exercises, and key terms

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Instructor Resources on CD are available to qualified adopters.  To order your copy, please contact SAGE Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (M-F 6AM-5PM, Pacific time).

PowerPoint slides for each chapter are now available under the "Sample Chapters and Materials" section of this page.  Just click on the link at the top left!

A Student study site at www.sagepub.com/criminologystudy:  

  • Offers audio links to public radio shows from the NPR and PBS radio archives including "This American Life," "All Things Considered," "Talk of the Nation," "Justice Talking," "The Online Newshour," and "Marketplace"
  • Provides free online video links from the Frontline PBS which are broken up into segments so they can be shown in lecture, varying in length from less than 3 minutes to hour long or more
  • Includes interactive quizzes, e-flashcards and practice quizzes, 3-5 journal articles per chapter, and much more!

Intended Audience:
This core textbook is designed for undergraduate students studying Introductory Criminology in departments of sociology and of criminal justice.


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A handy reference for students, professionals, and anyone interested in criminal justice and criminology, The Concise Dictionary of Crime and Justice is an excellent, wide-ranging resource with clear definitions for over 2,000 key criminal justice terms. Often going beyond simple definitions, the dictionary presents and explains common misperceptions for selected entries.


 
Preface
 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1: Criminology, Crime, And Criminal Law
What Is Criminology?  
What Is Crime?  
Crime as a Moving Target  
Crime as a Subcategory of Social Harms  
Beyond Social Construction: The Stationary Core Crimes  
Box 1.1 Mala in Se or Mala Prohibita? The Cannibal and His Willing Victim  
Victimful and Victimless Crimes  
The Felony-Misdemeanor Distinction  
Criminality  
The Legal Making of a Criminal  
An Excursion Through the U.S. Criminal Justice System  
The Role of Theory in Criminology  
The Classical School  
 
Chapter 2: Measuring Crime And Criminal Behavior
Categorizing and Measuring Crime and Criminal Behavior  
The Dark Figure of Crime Revisited  
Box 2.1 The Crime Problem or the Criminality Problem?  
The Financial Cost of Crime  
Interpreting Crime Trends  
Box 2.2 Is the United States Hard or Soft on Crime?  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 3: The Early Schools Of Criminology And Modern Counterparts
The Classical Scholars  
The Rise of Positivism  
Box 3.1 Lombrosoism Before and After Lombroso  
Neoclassicism: Rational Choice Theory  
Connecting Criminological Theory and Social Policy  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 4: Social Structural Theories
The Social Structural Tradition  
Sociological Positivism  
Box 4.1 People Versus Places: Do Neighborhoods Matter?  
Subcultural Theories  
Box 4.2 Does Poverty Cause Crime, or Does Crime Cause Poverty?  
Youth Gangs  
Evaluation of Social Structural Theories  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Social Structural Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 5: Social Process Theories
The Social Process Tradition  
Social Control Theories  
Box 5.1 Self-Esteem and Crime  
Evaluation of Social Process Theories  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Social Process Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 6: Critical Theories: Marxist, Conflict, And Feminist
The Conflict Perspective of Society  
Conflict Theory: Max Weber, Power and Conflict  
Box 6.1 The Supreme Court and Class Conflict  
Feminist Criminology  
Evaluation of Critical Theories  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Critical Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 7: Psychosocial Theories: Individual Traits And Criminal Behavior
Modern Psychology and Intelligence  
Box 7.1 The Impact of High and Low IQ on Life Outcomes  
The Role of Temperament  
Modern Psychosocial Theories  
The Antisocial Personalities  
Evaluation of the Psychosocial Perspective  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Psychosocial Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 8: Biosocial Approaches
Behavior Genetics  
Box 8.1 Gene-Environment Interaction: MAO, Abuse/Neglect, and Crime  
Evolutionary Psychology  
The Neurohormonal Sciences  
Evaluation of the Biosocial Perspective  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Biosocial Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 9: Developmental Theories: From Delinquency To Crime To Desistance
Juvenile Delinquency  
Box 9.1 What Role Do Genes Play in Juvenile Delinquency?  
Major Developmental Theories  
Evaluation of Development Theories  
Box 9.2 Summary of Key Points, Strengths, and Differences of Developmental Theories  
Policy and Prevention: Implications of Development Theories  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Chapter 10: Altered Minds And Crime: Alcohol, Drugs, And Mental Illness
The Scope of the Alcohol/Crime Problem  
Illegal Drugs and Crime  
Box 10.1 Treatment Modalities for Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System  
Box 10.2 Portrait of a Schizophrenic  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 11: Crimes of Violence
Murder  
Rape and Rapists  
Box 11.1 Characteristics of Rapists  
Robbery and Robbers  
Aggravated Assault  
Explaining Violence Sociologically: The Subculture of Violence Thesis  
Evolutionary Considerations:What Is Violence For?  
Box 11.2 Evolutionary Considerations of Inequality and Violence  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 12: Serial, Mass, and Spree Murder
What Is Multiple Murder?  
Box 12.1 Recent Long-Term Serial Killers: The Green River and BTK Cases  
Theories About the Causes of Serial Killing  
Law Enforcement’s Response to Serial Killing  
Box 12.2 The First Serial Killer Profile: Jack the Ripper  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 13: Terrorism and Terrorists
Terrorism Defined  
Why Terrorism?  
Is There a Difference Between Terrorists and Freedom Fighters?  
The Extent of Terrorism  
Terrorism and Common Crime  
Some Important Terrorist Groups  
Box 13.1 The Irish Republican Army: A Decommissioned Group?  
Terrorism in the United States  
Theories About the Causes of Terrorism  
Is There a Terrorist Personality?  
Becoming a Terrorist  
Law Enforcement Response and Government Policy  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 14: Property And Public Order Crimes
Larceny-Theft  
Burglary  
Motor Vehicle Theft  
Box 14.1 Carjacking: MV Theft With an Attitude  
Arson  
Crimes of Guile and Deceit  
Cybercrime: Oh What a Tangled World Wide Web We Weave  
Box 14.2 Phishing: “If It’s Too Good to Be True . . .”  
Public-Order Offenses  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 15: White-Collar And Organized Crime
The Concept of White-Collar Crime  
Corporate Crime  
Box 15.1 Crimes of America’s Rich and Famous in History  
Organized Crime  
Box 15.2 The Mafia: The Sicilian Origins and History  
Theories About the Causes of Organized Crime  
Law Enforcement’s Response to Organized Crime  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Terms  
 
Chapter 16: Victimology: Exploring The Experience Of Victimization
The Emergence of Victimology  
Who Gets Victimized?  
Victimization in the Workplace and School  
Child Molestation:Who Gets Victimized?  
Victimization Theories  
The Consequences of Victimization  
Box 16.1 A Case of Cybervictimization and Its Consequences  
Victimization and the Criminal Justice System  
Box 16.2 Victims’ Opinions of the Importance of Victims’ Rights  
Victim-Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORPS)  
Summary  
Exercises and Discussion Questions  
Key Words  
 
Glossary
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Authors

"I find that Walsh’s text is a great value for the price in that it encompasses a number of criminal justice topics, a strong theoretical discussion, and dedicates chapters to the integrated approach of criminology. [It also features] an interdisciplinary approach that integrates rather than separates the theories [and] a comprehensive student study site that challenges the student to move beyond the classroom and textbook."

Erin Conley-Monroe
Harold Washington College

"I was impressed after reviewing the table of contents that Walsh included separate Chapters on Terrorism and Drugs . . . I felt that Walsh’s writing is very sophisticated and better organized with regards to Chapters than [the competition]. I really liked how the interdisciplinary approach is explained and the organization/choice of theories covered…. It addresses Criminology more at the interdisciplinary approach and explains why that is important.
I [also] find Sage’s [student study site at www.sagepub.com/criminologystudy] to be thorough and easy to navigate. Walsh is a much better value for the price."

Cathryn Lavery
Iona College

Our specialist liked it best.

Dr Dorothy Weaver
social science, Oklahoma St Univ-Oklahoma City
May 14, 2014

I did not find this book user friendly for students

Professor AIMEE DELANEY-LUTZ
Criminal Justice, Rivier University
December 18, 2012
Key features

· Unlike other criminology textbooks, this book integrates the three primary, contemporary approaches to criminology: sociology, psychology, and biology. This reflects the broadening perspective that is more common in criminology today.

· Chapters on typologies such as the violent criminals, serial killers, terrorists, and white collar criminals will capture students' attention and keep them engaged, while showing how the theories presented earlier can be applied.

- "Focus On:" boxes highlight interesting topics. (See Ch. 5's "Self-esteem and Crime, Ch.10's "Treatment of Substance Abuse in the Criminal Justice System", or Ch. 14's "Carjacking" with offender quotes.)

· End of chapter sections in the theory chapters titled Policy and Prevention will be unique and provide applications of the theories just presented.

- Unique photo program, developed by Cecil Greek, provides an applied context for the theories.

- Chapter opening vignetters offer intersting vignettes to capture students interst. (See Ch. 10 for children born to alcoholic mothers.)

- Frequent and beneficial use of figures and tables. At the ends of the theory chapters are tables summarizing the various theories presented in the chapters. (See tabel summaries in  Ch. 5 for social process theories or Ch.7 for psychosocial theories) Uniques figures are used throughout the book to provide diagrammatic representation of theories and processes. (See Ch. 7 and Ch.10)

· Discussion questions, Web-driven exercises, and Key Terms will be included at the end of each chapter to help students "cement" what they have learned

· Excellent ancillary package including an Instructor Resource CD and a student study site with interactive quizzes and journal articles.

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