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Theories of Delinquency is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical approaches towards understanding delinquent behavior. Donald Shoemaker aptly presents all major individualistic and sociological theories in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and critical evaluations. Theories covered include biological and psychological explanations, anomie and social disorganization, differential association, drift theory, labeling theory, critical theories, and explanations of female delinquency. Now in its sixth edition, Theories of Delinquency contains up-to-date discussions based on current research throughout, extensive revisions to control theories, especially the general theory of crime, and expanded coverage of integrated and cutting-edge theories. Clearly written, consistently organized, and now thoroughly updated, Theories of Delinquency remains essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of crime and delinquency.
Donald J. Shoemaker is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Table of Contents
|Explanations of Delinquency|
|The Problem of Delinquency|
|The Issue of Causality|
|What Is a Theory?|
|Verification of Theories|
|The Plan of This Book|
|The Classical School: Issues of Choice and Reasoning|
|Rational Choice Theory|
|Biological and Biosocial Explanations|
|Somatotypes and Delinquency|
|Inheritance and Delinquency|
|Emerging Trends in Biological Explanations of Delinquency|
|Intelligence and Delinquency|
|The Psychiatric-Psychoanalytic Approach|
|General Personality Characteristics|
|Social Disorganization and Anomie|
|Anomie and Delinquency: Discontinuities in Society|
|Lower-Class-Based Theories of Delinquency|
|Historical Overview and Generic Assumptions|
|Cohen and the Middle-Class Measuring Rod|
|Cloward and Ohlin's Theory of Differential Opportunity Structure|
|Miller's Theory of Lower-Class Culture and Delinquency|
|Interpersonal and Situational Explanations|
|Drift and Delinquency|
|Social Controls-The Social Bond|
|A General Theory of Crime|
|The Radical Theory of Delinquency|
|Beyond "Radical" Theory|
|Basic Biological and Psychological Approaches|
|Gender Roles and Delinquency|
|Feminist Explanations of Female Delinquency|
|Delinquency Theory: An Integrative Approach|
|Integrated Theories: Some Considerations and a Proposed Model|
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