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  • Edition: 10th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-12-28
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Unique in its approach, this book introduces students to criminology by examining broad-based concepts instead of just types of crimes. Using an extensive research base, the author discusses concepts such as social control and neutralization of the law; factors that facilitate crime; criminal careers; and the organization of criminal behavior. Real-life examples and special feature boxes appear throughout and address crime and the media, crime on campus, cross-cultural perspectives and critical issues. Figures, tables and in-depth review questions are included and help students understand the common social process among all types of crime.

Table of Contents

The Study of Crime
Measuring Crime
Crime and Its Costs
Dimensions of Crime
Biological and Psychological Explanations of Crime
Social, Cultural, and Economic Sources of Crime
Social Control and Commitment to the Law
Learning to Commit Crime
Opportunities and Facilitating Factors
Criminal Careers
The Organization of Criminal Behavior
Community Reactions to Crime
The Criminal Justice System
Deterrence, Incapacitation, Retribution, and Rehabilitation
Solving the Crime Problem
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