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Introduction to Criminology
Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior

Tenth Edition


January 2019 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This is one of the best texts I have seen in a while...It makes the world of criminology less daunting and more relevant.”

—Allyson S. Maida, St. John’s University

 

Introduction to Criminology, Tenth Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the study of criminology, focusing on the vital core areas of the field—theory, method, and criminal behavior. With more attention to crime typologies than most introductory texts, Hagan and Daigle investigate all forms of criminal activity, such as organized crime, white collar crime, political crime, and environmental crime. The methods of operation, the effects on society and policy decisions, and the connection between theory and criminal behavior are all explained in a clear, accessible manner.

 

 

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Preface
 
About the Authors
 
PART I: FOUNDATIONS OF CRIMINOLOGY
 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Criminology
Criminology

 
Crime and Deviance

 
Social Change and the Emergence of Law

 
The Crime Problem

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 2. Research Methods in Criminology
The Research Enterprise of Criminology

 
Operationalization—Who Is Criminal?

 
Official Police Statistics—The Uniform Crime Report (UCR)

 
Alternative Data-Gathering Strategies

 
Experiments and Evidence-Based Research in Criminology

 
Surveys

 
Participant Observation

 
Case Study or Life History

 
Unobtrusive Measures

 
Validity, Reliability, and Triangulation

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 3. General Characteristics of Crime and Criminals
Caution in Interpreting Crime Data

 
International Variations in Crime

 
Trends in Crime

 
Institutions and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 4. What Is Victimology?
Nature of Victimization

 
Costs of Victimization

 
Theories of Victimization

 
Victims’ Rights

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
PART II: THEORIES OF CRIMINOLOGY
 
Chapter 5. Early and Classical Criminological Theories
Theory

 
Demonological Theory

 
Classical Theory

 
Neoclassical Theory

 
Ecological Theory

 
Economic Theory

 
The Theory–Policy Connection

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 6. Biological and Psychological Theories
Positivist Theory

 
Biological Theories

 
More Recent Biological Theories

 
Psychological Theories

 
The Theory–Policy Connection

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 7. Sociological Mainstream Theories
Anomie Theories

 
Social Process Theories

 
Social Control Theories

 
Developmental and Life Course (DLC) Theories

 
The Theory–Policy Connection

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 8. Sociological Critical Theories and Integrated Theories
Mainstream Versus Critical Criminology

 
Labeling Theory

 
Conflict Criminology

 
Conflict Criminology and Race: W. E. B. Du Bois

 
Feminist Criminology

 
New Critical Criminology

 
Postmodernism

 
Radical Marxist Criminology

 
Integrated Theories of Crime

 
Criminal Typologies

 
Theoretical Range and Criminological Explanation

 
The Theory–Policy Connection

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
PART III: CRIME TYPOLOGIES
 
Chapter 9. Violent Crime
History of Violence in the United States

 
Murder

 
Homicide and Assault Statistics

 
Patterns and Trends in Violent Crime

 
Typology of Violent Offenders

 
Sexual Assault

 
Robbery

 
Domestic Violence

 
Criminal Careers of Violent Offenders

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 10. Property Crime: Occasional, Conventional, and Professional
Occasional Property Crimes

 
Conventional Property Crimes

 
Arson: A Special-Category Offense

 
Criminal Careers of Occasional and Conventional Property Criminals

 
Professional Crime

 
Criminal Careers of Professional Crime

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 11. White-Collar Crime: Occupational and Corporate
White-Collar Crime—The Classic Statement

 
Measurement and Cost of Occupational and Corporate Crime

 
History of Corporate, Organizational, and Occupational Crime

 
Cons and Scams

 
Big Cons

 
Legal Regulation

 
Occupational Crime

 
Corporate Crime

 
Criminal Careers of Occupational and Organizational Offenders

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 12. Political Crime and Terrorism
Ideology

 
Political Crime: A Definition

 
Legal Aspects

 
Crimes by Government

 
Crimes Against Government

 
Terrorism

 
Crime Careers of Political Criminals

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 13. Organized Crime
Sources of Information on Organized Crime

 
Types of Organized Crime

 
Organized Crime Continuum

 
Street Gangs

 
International Organized Crime

 
Nature of Organized Crime

 
Money Laundering

 
Drug Trafficking

 
Theories of the Nature of Syndicate Crime in the United States

 
Classic Pattern of Organized Crime

 
Crime Careers of Organized Criminals

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 14. Public Order Crime
Broken Windows

 
Prostitution

 
Sexual Offenses

 
Drug Abuse

 
Societal Reaction

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Chapter 15. Cybercrime and the Future of Crime
Types of Cybercrime

 
Types of Attacks on Computer Systems

 
Argot of Cybercrime

 
Online Predators

 
Cyberterrorism

 
Societal Reaction

 
The Future of Crime

 
Theory and Crime

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
Web Sources

 
Web Exercises

 
 
Learning Check Answers
 
Glossary
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

Supplements

This is one of the best texts I have seen in a while. It is comprehensive, somewhat conversational in its writing style, and provides a point of view that marries yesterday and today. It makes the world of criminology less daunting and more relevant.”

Allyson S. Maida
St. John’s University

The textbook provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of the key components in criminology. The book is clearly written, covers major topics in the discipline, and is user friendly for students.”

Jonathan Intravia, Ph.D
Ball State University

Text is thorough, well-researched, attractively presented, appropriate for the selected audience, and accompanied by instructor and student resources to enhance the learning experience.”

Thomas G. Ziesemer
College of Central Florida

Detailed, informative, driven by theory and examples.”

Dr. Amy Baumann Grau
Shawnee State University

This is a wonderful introduction to criminology that is written in a student-friendly manner. The text and supplemental materials allow for a comprehensive overview of the field and will encourage students to begin to think about areas that they would like to pursue in greater detail in future courses. The book is priced much lower than the competition, yet offers similar or better quality.”

Mark A. Winton
University of Central Florida

I would describe this as a comprehensive introductory text to criminology. I would include that this text offers useful instructor resources and includes several resources throughout the text that help to enhance student understanding. "

Racheal Pesta
The University of Akron
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • New Applying Theory scenarios are included with the theory chapters in Part II. These application exercises encourage critical thinking by asking students to use criminological theory to explain the criminal behavior of Aileen Wuornos. 
  • Updated Crime and the Media boxes highlight the effect that the media has on public perception of crime.  New topics include the #MeToo movement, media coverage of the opioid crisis, popular shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire, online dating fraud, and cyberbullying.
  • Over 170 new Learning Check questions and answers have been added throughout the book to help students review their understanding of key concepts and increase reading comprehension.
  • Examination of important new topics, like what works in criminology, the relationship between immigration and crime, the impact of neuroscience and genetic studies on criminology, recent shootings and terrorist attacks, and the continuing battle between over-criminalization and under-criminalization, deepens the student’s understanding of the field.
  • Updated figures, tables, and statistics throughout the book ensure that students have access to the most current information available.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Comprehensive coverage of the foundational material and often-neglected areas of study introduces students to important topics around organized crime, terrorism, white-collar crime, environmental crime, political crime, and gangs.
  • “Theory and Crime” and “The Theory-Policy Connection” sections in all the chapters in Parts I and II help students understand the integration of theory and crime and its effects on the world around them.
  • A standalone chapter on cybercrime helps students develop a well-rounded perspective of the future of crime.
  • “Crime in the Media” boxes highlight the increasing attention and effect that the media has on public perception of crime.
  • “Crime Files” boxes bring concepts to life with engaging real-world stories.
  • “Criminology in Context” boxes provide further information on important concepts discussed in the text.
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