Criminology : A Sociological Understanding

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1/1/2009
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Completely updated and revised throughout, and featuring a new full-color design, this book provides asociological perspective on crime and criminal justiceby treatingsocial structureandsocial inequality as central themesin the study of crimeand major factors in society's treatment of criminals.It gives explicit attention to key sociological concepts such aspoverty, gender, race, and ethnicity,and demonstrates their influence on crime. Covers hot topics such as the death penalty, terrorism, evolutionary biology, stalking, identity theft, computer crime, white collar crime and more. Also features unique coverage of topics not found in other introductory criminology books-including "Public Opinion, the News Media and the Crime Problem," "Political Crime," and "How Can We Reduce Crime?"For those with current or future criminology careers.

Table of Contents

Understanding Crime and Victimization
Criminology and the Sociological Perspective
Public Opinion, the News Media, and the Crime Problem
The Measurement and Patterning of Criminal Behavior
Victims and Victimization
Explaining Crime
Explaining Crime: Emphasis on the Individual
Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Structure
Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Process
Sociological Theories: Critical Perspectives
Criminal Behaviors
Violent Crime: Homicide, Assault, and Robbery
Violence against Women and Children
Property Crime: Economic Crimes by the Poor
White-Collar and Organized Crime
Political Crime
Consensual Crime
Controlling and Preventing Crime
Policing: Dilemmas of Crime Control in a Democratic Society
Prosecution and Punishment
Conclusion: How Can We Reduce Crime?
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