Understanding Crime : Essentials of Criminological Theory

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/19/2009
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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This thought-provoking examination of crime and criminological theory takes a direct approach to a question that often confuses and frustrates students---why do people commit crimes? UNDERSTANDING CRIME begins with an overview of the key elements of the study of crime and criminology, including law, public policy, research literature, and the philosophical origins of crime theories. These theories, based in biology, psychology, and sociology, are then broken down to their basic elements and causal processes in order to be explored. The authors examine the practical implications and applications each theory has on the administration of justice. In conclusion, the text looks at the future of crime theory by speculating whether or not new research designs, theories, and paradigms are needed. With a new modular format, this text can be customized for any teaching or learning style.

Table of Contents

Theory and the Study of Crime
Deterrence and Opportunity Theories
Biological and Biochemical Theories
The Psychology of Crime I
The Psychology of Crime II
Social Organizational Theories
Social Process Theories
Labeling and Shaming Theories
Conflict Theories
Marxist and Critical Theories
Gender, Race, and Crime Theories
Extending the Boundaries of Crime Theory
Author Index
Subject Index
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