Criminology Today An Integrative Introduction

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/8/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A student-friendly, up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to the study of criminology.

Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction, 8/e, continues to offer students a clear, contemporary, and comprehensive introduction to criminology that encourages critical thinking about the causes of crime and crime-prevention strategies. The text’s hallmark thematic approach of social problems versus social responsibility (Is crime a matter of individual responsibility or a symptom of a dysfunctional society?) prompts students to think critically about the causes of crime and helps them see the link between crime theories and crime policies.


Updated with new information, theories, and statistics throughout, the Eighth Edition also includes new stories about Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, and the 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC. A new Annotated Instructor’s Edition is available, allowing instructors to quickly and easily find helpful lecture notes, discussion ideas, and class assignments.


Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction, 8/e, is also available via REVEL™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more.

Author Biography

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He chaired the university’s department of sociology, social work, and criminal justice for almost 20 years – while specializing in research in crime and delinquency. He has taught dozens of courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in both on-ground and on-line environments.  Schmalleger is the author of many books and journal articles, including the standard-setting Criminal Justice Today, 14/e (Pearson); Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, 12/e (Pearson); Criminology Today, 8/e (Pearson); Criminology, 3/e (Pearson); Criminal Law Today, 6/e (Pearson); Corrections in the Twenty-First Century, 6/e (McGraw-Hill; with John Smykla); Courts and Criminal Justice in America (Pearson; with Larry Siegel and John Worrall); Juvenile Delinquency, 10/e (Pearson; with Clem Bartollas); and Policing, 2/e (Pearson; with John Worrall). Schmalleger has worked with U.S. military personnel -- primarily members of the Army’s CID, MP’s, Air Force SP’s and members of Air Force OSI from the late 1970s to the early 1990s helping officers make successful transition to civilian life. 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—be it 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is Criminology?                                                                                          

Chapter 2: Where Do Theories Come From?                                                 

Chapter 3: Classical and Neoclassical Thought                                                         

Chapter 4: Early Biological Perspectives on Criminal Behavior                                                        

Chapter 5: Biosocial and Other Contemporary Perspectives                                     

Chapter 6: Psychological and Psychiatric Foundations of Criminal Behavior                                  

Chapter 7: Social Structure Theories                                                 

Chapter 8: Theories of Social Process and Social Development                                           

Chapter 9: Social Conflict Theories                           

Chapter 10: Criminal Victimization               

Chapter 11: Crimes against Persons                                                               

Chapter 12: Crimes against Property             

Chapter 13: White-Collar and Organized Crime                                                                   

Chapter 14: Drug and Sex Crimes                                                                 

Chapter 15: Technology and Crime                                                               

Chapter 16: Globalization and Terrorism

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