Crime : Readings

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-13
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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The Third Edition of Crime: Readings features the latest theoretical and empirical works on crime, maintaining an ideal balance between major theoretical explanations of crime and crime control and each respective theoretical treatment while tying in policy issues. Updated and revised, the readings in this edition have been carefully pruned by the editors for maximum impact, providing undergraduate students with an accessible introduction to major issues in the field while eliminating excessive technical, methodological details that might hamper comprehension. This anthology includes both traditional yet still vital theories used by scholars of crime and newer explanations for law-violating behavior. Covering a realm of diverse criminological literature, the editors include a variety of readings that reflect the range of perspectives about the causes of criminal behavior and how best such behavior should be addressed. New to the Third Edition Links criminological theories with the latest empirical research: The book features even more discussion of the ties between theory and actual policy in the Part introductions and in several new articles. Highlights recent developments in the field: The editors address a number of new issues related to crime control and also place greater emphasis on critical criminology, psychological, and biological approaches. Recognizes the growing importance of comparative criminology: This edition includes a number of articles by criminologists from outside of North America, providing a more comprehensive and global perspective. Keeps readers up-to-date in the literature: The sections on the history of criminology, research methods, and correlates of crime incorporate recent publications, and the section on enduring and changing patterns now includes entries on gangs, sex offenders, cyber crime, and terrorism. Inspires students to think critically about the theory and research of crime: Revised discussion and essay questions  maximize student reflection on the concepts covered and include web-based data to give students practical experience working with criminological research.Companion Web Site Homework assignments and data exercises have been moved to a companion Web site at www.sagepub.com/crimereadings3study .Intended AudienceThis is an excellent text for undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Criminology and Criminological Theory in the fields of criminal justice, sociology, law and society, and social work.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Crime, Criminals, and Criminologists
What Is Criminology?
The History and Definitions of Crime and Criminology
Defining Crime: An Issue of Morality
Historical Explanations of Crime: From Demons to Politics
How Do We View Crime?
Images of Crime, Criminality, and Criminal Justice A Youth Violence Epidemic: Myth or Reality?
Realities and Images of Crack Mothers
Breaking News: How Local TV News and Real-World Conditions Affect Fear of Crime
The Politics of Crime
Enduring and Changing Patterns of Crime Youth Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups in the United States and the Netherlands: A Cross-National Comparison
Specialization and Persistence in the Arrest Histories of Sex Offenders: A Comparitive Analysis of Alternative Measures and Offense Types
The Novelty of 'Cybercrime': An Assessment in Light of Routine Activity Theory
How Does Studying Terrorism Compare to Studying Crime?
How is Crime Measured? The Observation and Measurement of Crime Locating the Vanguard in Rising and Falling Homicide Rates across U.S. Cities
Reconciling Race and Class Differences in Self-Reported and Official Estimates of Delinquency
Gender and Adolescent Relationship Violence: A Contextual Examination
The Criminology of Genocide: The Death and Rape of Darfur
Who Are the Criminals?
The Distribution and Correlates of Crime Neighborhood Disadvantage and the Nature of Violence
Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences in Adolescent Violence: Structural Disadvantage, Family Well-Being, and Social Capital
Age and the Explanation of Crime
Juvenile Delinquency and Gender
How Do We Explain Crime? Foundational Theories of Modern Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas
Neighborhood Inequality, Collective Efficacy, and the Spatial Dynamics of Urban Violence
A Theory of Crime: Differential Association
Differential Association in Group and Solo Offending
Heith Copes, and Matt DeLisi Social Structure and Anomie
Poverty, Socioeconomic Change, Institutional Anomie, and Homicide
How Do We Explain Crime? Foundational Theories of Modern Criminology
The Subculture of Violence
Exposure to Community Violence and Childhood Delinquency
Causes and Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency
Exploring the Utility of Social Control Theory for Youth Development: Issues of Attachment, Involvement, and Gender
Labeling Criminals
Official Labeling, Criminal Embeddedness, and Subsequent Delinquency: A Longitudinal Test of Labeling Theory
Crime and Subcultural Contradictions
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