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Criminological Theory

Criminological Theory
Context and Consequences

Eighth Edition

March 2024 | 744 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering a rich introduction to how scholars analyze crime, Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences moves readers beyond a commonsense knowledge of crime to a deeper understanding of the importance of theory in shaping crime control policies. The Eighth Edition of this clear, accessible, and thoroughly revised text covers traditional and contemporary theory within a larger sociological and historical context. The latest edition includes new sources that assess the empirical status of the major theories, a new chapter on Black Criminology, and expanded coverage of important perspectives, such as the explanation of white-collar crime and the relationship of immigration and crime.

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Chapter 1. The Context and Consequences of Theory
Chapter 2. The Search for the "Criminal Man"
Chapter 3. Rejecting Individualism: The Chicago School
Chapter 4. Crime in American Society: Anomie and Strain Theories
Chapter 5. Society as Insulation: The Origins of Control Theory
Chapter 6. The Complexity of Control: Hirschi's Two Theories and Beyond
Chapter 7. The Irony of State Intervention: Labeling Theory
Chapter 8. Social Power and the Construction of Crime: Conflict Theory
Chapter 9. The Variety of Critical Theory
Chapter 10. The Gendering of Criminology: Feminist Theory
Chapter 11. Crimes of the Powerful: Theories of White-Collar Crime
Chapter 12. Bringing Punishment Back In: Conservative Criminology
Chapter 13. Conservatism in Context: Contemporary Developments
Chapter 14. Choosing Crime in Everyday Life: Routine Activity and Rational Choice Theories
Chapter 15. The Search for the "Criminal Man" Revisited: Biosocial Theories
Chapter 16. New Directions in Biosocial Theory: Perspectives and Policies
Chapter 17. The Development of Criminals: Life-Course Theories
Chapter 18. Black Criminology: Theories of Race and Crime


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Key features
  • Discussion of important changes in the contemporary social context in the United States and in Europe, as nations have experienced the presidency of Donald Trump and Brexit.
  • Updated statistics and information about significant changes in crime, imprisonment, and policy.
  • Expanded coverage of important perspectives, including advances in developmental and life-course theories, the explanation of white-collar crime, the relationship of immigration and crime, and macrocriminology and freedom.
  • Reflecting momentous events in the United States, a new chapter on Black Criminology that focuses first on the contributions of W. E. B. Du Bois and then on contemporary theories of race and crime.
  • More than 500 new sources assess developments within, and the empirical status of, the major theories—ensuring the most up-to-date research is included.
  • Diverse coverage of major criminological theories includes perspectives ranging from biosocial theories to critical criminology, providing students with a well-rounded understanding of multiple perspectives.
  • The development of each theory covered within the broader sociological and historical context offers students insight into the wider social world from which criminology has evolved.
  • The authors explore policy implications and applications to help students see how theories are applied to real-world situations.
  • A unique chapter on Black Criminology spanning early theoretical underpinnings to current thinking on race and crime.

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