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  • Copyright: 12/21/2012
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Powerfully illustrated, compelling content. Criminology: A Brief Introduction, plus NEW MyCJLab with Pearson eTextis a user friendly criminology text that teaches students about the exciting field of criminology using the learning skills they already possess. In recognition of the visual orientation of today's learners, we sought to achieve a comprehensive integration of graphic art with the concepts and ideas of criminology. Consequently, Criminology: A Brief Introductionis intensely visual. Its layout and design invite readers to explore its pages, which powerfully illustrate the critical concepts that are central to the field of criminology today. Our intent is to visually attract readers to the subject matter of criminology, making for ease of learning.

Author Biography

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he is also recognized as Distinguished Professor. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and The Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and a doctorate in sociology (1974) from The Ohio State University with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research’s online graduate program, helping build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Web user and site builder, Schmalleger is also the creator of award-winning Web sites.

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (Pearson, 2013), now in a 12th edition; Juvenile Delinquency (with Clemmens Bartollas; Pearson, 2011), Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 8th edition (Pearson, 2012); Criminal Law Today, 4th edition (with Daniel Hall and John Dolatowski; Pearson, 2011); Crime and the Justice System in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1997); Trial of the Century: People of the State of California vs. Orenthal James Simpson (Prentice Hall, 1996); Career Paths: A Guide to Jobs in Federal Law Enforcement (Regents/Prentice Hall, 1994); Computers in Criminal Justice (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); Criminal Justice Ethics (Greenwood Press, 1991); Finding Criminal Justice in the Library (Wyndham Hall Press, 1991); Ethics in Criminal Justice (Wyndham Hall Press, 1990); A History of Corrections (Foundations Press of Notre Dame, 1983); and The Social Basis of Criminal Justice (University Press of America, 1981). Schmalleger is also founding editor of the journal Criminal Justice Studies (formerly The Justice Professional).

Schmalleger’s philosophy of both teaching and writing can be summed up in these words: “In order to communicate knowledge we must first catch, then hold, a person’s interest–whether a student, colleague, or policymaker. Our writing, our speaking, and our teaching must be relevant to the problems facing people today, and they must–in some way–help solve those problems.”

If you use this book, the author would like to hear from you, and you may write to him at the e-mail address below.

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke



Table of Contents

PART I  Criminology Explained – The Evil Men (and Women) Do


Chapter 1 What Is Criminology?  Understanding Crime and Criminals


PART II   Crime Causation -- What We Do and Why We Do It


Chapter 2  Classical & Neoclassical Criminology: Choice and Consequences

Chapter 3  Biological Roots of Criminal Behavior: It’s What We Are

Chapter 4  Psychological & Psychiatric Foundations of Criminal Behavior

Chapter 5  Social Structure: It’s How We Live

Chapter 6  Social Process and Social Development: It’s What We Learn

Chapter 7  Social Conflict: It’s How We Relate


Part III The Crime Picture: It’s Not Pretty


Chapter 8  Crimes Against Persons: What We Fear

Chapter 9  Crimes against Property: What We Lose

Chapter 10 White-Collar and Organized Crime: Crime as a Job

Chapter 11 Public Order Crime: Recreational Crime


Part IV Crime In the Modern World: Today’s Headlines


Chapter 12 Technology and Crime: It’s a Double-Edged Sword

Chapter 13 Globalization and Terrorism: Our Small World

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