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The Fourth Edition of Criminology is Piers Beirne and James W. Messerschmidt's well-respected and comprehensive introduction to the study of crime and criminological theory. The authors take a critical sociological approach that emphasizes the relationship between four different sociological variables (gender, class, race, age) and crime. Thoroughly revised and updated, the new edition features numerous additions, both empirical and theoretical, including globalization, cyberstalking, computer crime, animal abuse, the latest corporate scandals (Enron, Worldcom, etc.), violence by college athletes, election fraud, and terrorism. One of the main strengths of this text is the way in which the authors trace the historical development of criminological theory and place the development of each theory in a historically specific set of social, economic, and political circumstances. Definitions of crime and the measurement of crime are subjected to a critical analysis that focuses on the social construction of crime and crime rates. The authors explore a wide range of research on property crimes and interpersonal violence as well as syndicated, white-collar, and political crimes. The chapter on the study of crime and victimization in a cross-national context helps students understand the importance of viewing crime through a culturally relative lens, as well as the problems associated with making cross-national generalizations regarding crime. Throughout the text, Beirne and Messerschmidt address historical, feminist, and comparative perspectives highlighting the major types of crime and victimization patterns. Their introduction addresses two key questions: "What is crime?" and "How is it measured?" The authors then debunk the major crime myths that are recreated daily and the notion that the most serious crimes are committed by the urban underclass. Written in student-oriented, accessible language, Criminology increases understanding through the abundant use of relevant illustrations, examples, and case studies. End-of-chapter key terms, discussion questions, additional readings, a glossary, and suggested websites further support student learning.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to Criminology|
|The Problem of CrimeImages of CrimeCrime, Criminal Law, and Criminalization|
|Crime as a Sociological Problem|
|The Measurement of CrimeCaution: Data Do Not Speak for Themselves|
|Official Crime DataUnofficial Crime Data|
|Inequality, Crime, and Victimization|
|Class and Crime Gender and Crime Race and Crime Age and Crime|
|Types of Crime|
|Property Crime Robbery and Burglary Varieties of Larceny Dealing and Damage|
|Interpersonal ViolenceMurder, Assault, Hate Crimes, and Rape|
|Interpersonal Violence in the FamilyInterpersonal Violence in the Workplace|
|Syndicated CrimeA History of Syndicated Crime|
|Syndicated Crime TodayPrincipal Forms of Syndicated Crime|
|White-Collar CrimeOccupational CrimeCorporate CrimeTransnational Corporate Crime|
|Political CrimePolitical Crimes Against the State Domestic|
|Political Crimes by the StateTransnational Political Crimes by the State|
|The Origins of Criminological Theory|
|The Enlightenment and Classical Criminology|
|The Emergence of Positivist Criminology|
|Criminal Anthropology: Lombroso's "Born Criminal"Neoclassical Criminology|
|The Emergence of Sociological Criminology|
|Toward a Social Psychology of Crime: Gabriel Tarde|
|Toward a Sociology of Law and Crime: Emile Durkheim|
|Classical Marxism: Marx and Engels on State, Law, and Crime|
|The Emergence of Criminology in the United States|
|The Early History of Criminology in the United States, 1895-1915|
|Crime and Social Ecology|
|Social Structure, Anomie, and Deviance|
|The Criminology of Edwin Sutherland|
|Delinquent Subcultures and Subcultures of Delinquency|
|Delinquent Subcultures Matza's Delinquency and Drift (1964) Control Theory|
|Theoretical DiversitySocial Learning Theory|
|The Labeling Perspective Conflict Theory|
|Radical and Feminist Criminology|
|New Directions in Criminological Theory|
|Routine Activities and CrimeSelf-Control and Control Balance|
|Revised Strain TheoryCritical Criminologies|
|Comparative Criminology Approaching Comparative Criminology|
|Comparative Crime and Victimization Data|
|Cross-National Generalizations Regarding Crime|
|U.S. Crime in Comparative Perspective|
|Name Index and Subject Index|
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