Criminological Theory: Past to Present Essential Readings

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2013-11-13
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Criminological Theory: Past to Present--Essential Readings is a comprehensive reader that exposes students to both classic and contemporary theories of crime. Editors Francis T. Cullen, Robert Agnew, and Pamela Wilcox provide accessible yet detailed introductions, preparing students for what they are about to read and placing each selection in context. The fifth edition includes a new Part XIV, entitled "Paying Attention to Race: Theoretical Developments," and new readings covering biology and crime, defensible space, decision-making by criminals, environmental corrections, and the relationship between race, racism, and crime.

Author Biography

About the Editors

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He is a Past President of both the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he received ASC's Edwin H. Sutherland Award.

Robert Agnew is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. He is the inventor of the influential "general strain theory." He is a Past President of the American Society of Criminology.

Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She is noted for developing "multicontextual opportunity theory." Her recent publications include The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Understanding Criminological Theory: A Guide for Readers, Francis T. Cullen and Robert Agnew
I. The Origins of Modern Criminology
1. An Essay on Crimes and Punishments, Cesare Beccaria
2. The Criminal Man, Cesare Lombroso
II. Biosocial Traits and Theories of Crime
3. Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency, Sheldon Glueck and Eleanor Glueck
4. Biology and Crime, Melissa Peskin, Yu Gao, Andrea L. Glenn, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Yaling Yang, and Adrian Raine
5. Personality and Crime: Are Some People More Crime Prone, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Phil A. Silva, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, Robert F. Krueger, and Pamela S. Schmutte
6. The Development of Antisocial Behavior: An Integrative Causal Approach, Benjamin B. Lahey, Irwin D. Waldman, and Keith McBurnett
III. The Chicago School: The City, Social Disorganization, and Crime
7. Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas, Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay
8. A Theory of Race, Crime, and Urban Inequality, Robert J. Sampson and William Julius Wilson
9. Collective Efficacy and Crime, Robert J. Sampson, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Felton Earls
IV. Learning to Be a Criminal: Differential Association, Subcultural, and Social Learning Theories
10. A Theory of Differential Association, Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey
11. A Social Learning Theory of Crime, Ronald L. Akers
12. Code of the Street, Elijah Anderson
V. Anomie/Strain Theories of Crime
13. Social Structure and Anomie, Robert K. Merton
14. Delinquent Boys: The Culture of the Gang, Albert K. Cohen
15. Crime and the American Dream, Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner
16. Pressured Into Crime: General Strain Theory, Robert Agnew
VI. Varieties of Control Theory
17. Techniques of Neutralization, Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza
18. Social Bond Theory, Travis Hirschi
19. A General Theory of Crime, Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi
VII. Labeling, Interaction, and Crime: Societal Reaction and the Creation of Criminals
20. Primary and Secondary Deviance, Edwin M. Lemert
21. Crime, Shame, and Reintegration, John Braithwaite
22. Defiance Theory, Lawrence W. Sherman
VIII. Critical Criminology: Power, Peace, and Crime
23. Criminality and Economic Conditions, Willem Bonger
24. Crime in a Market Society, Elliott Currie
25. Crime and Coercion, Mark Colvin
IX. Feminist Theories: Gender, Power, and Crime
26. Sisters in Crime, Freda Adler
27. A Feminist Theory of Female Delinquency, Meda Chesney-Lind
28. Masculinities and Crime, James W. Messerschmidt
29. Toward A Gendered Theory of Female Offending, Darrell Steffensmeier and Emilie Allan
X. Theories of White-Collar
30. White-Collar Criminality, Edwin H. Sutherland
31. Denying the Guilty Mind, Michael L. Benson
32. Choosing White-Collar Crime, Neal Shover and Andy Hochstedler
XI. Reviving Classical Theory: Deterrence and Rational
33. Reconceptualizing Deterrence Theory, Mark C. Stafford and
Mark Warr
34. Crime as a Rational Choice, Derek B. Cornish and Ronald V.
35. Armed Robbers in Action, Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker
XII. Environmental Criminology
36. Routine Activity Theory, Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson
37. Situational Crime Prevention, Ronald V. Clarke
38. Defensible Space, Oscar Newman
39. Broken Windows, James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling
XIII. Developmental Theories of Crime: Crime and the Life Course
40. Pathways in the Life Course to Crime, Terrie E. Moffitt
41. A Theory of Persistent Offending and Desistance From Crime, John H. Laub and Robert J. Sampson
42. Cognitive Transformation and Desistance from Crime, Peggy C.Giordano, Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Jennifer L. Rudolph
XIV. Paying Attention to Race: Theoretical Developments
43. Getting Played, Jody Miller
44. A Theory of African American Offending, James D. Unnever and Shawn L. Gabbidon
XV. Pulling It All Together: Integrated Theories of Crime
45. Toward an Interactional Theory of Delinquency, Terence P. Thornberry
46. Social Support and Crime, Francis T. Cullen
47. Why Criminals Offend: A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency, Robert Agnew
XVI. Putting Theory to Work: Guiding Crime Control Policy
48. Imprisoning Communities, Todd R. Clear
49. Environmental Corrections, Francis T. Cullen, John E. Eck, and Christopher T. Lowenkamp
50. Saving Children from a Life in Crime, David Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh

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