Criminology A Sociological Approach

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Ideal for undergraduate courses in criminology--especially those taught from a critical perspective--Criminology: A Sociological Approach, Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive yet highly accessible introduction to the study of crime and criminological theory. Authors Piers Beirne and James W. Messerschmidt present the topic from a sociological standpoint, emphasizing the social construction of crime and showing how crime relates to gender, class, race, and age. Providing students with a strong theoretical foundation, the book also addresses historical, feminist, and comparative perspectives and highlights the major types of crime and victimization patterns. The text is divided into three Parts: * Part I focuses on three questions: "What is crime?" "How can we measure how much crime there is in the United States?" and finally, "How can we compare rates of crime in different societies?" * Part II is a systematic guide to modern criminological theory and its historical development. * Part III examines specific types of crime, including property crime, interpersonal violence, white-collar crime, and political crime. Written in student-friendly language, Criminology uses abundant illustrations, examples, and case studies to elucidate key points. The text also offers many helpful learning aids, including chapter previews, lists of key terms, chapter reviews, questions for class discussion, and suggestions for further study. NEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION * Moves the theory chapters to earlier in the book, helping to better connect them with one another * Reorganizes the chapters on theory to showcase the self-contained, internally coherent nature of criminology--rather than criminology's place in the historical record * Adds examples throughout * Presents new and up-to-date empirical data in all sections * Discusses many new topics, including cultural criminology and green criminology * Covers numerous types of crime that were not discussed in previous editions (e.g., whiteness and crime, the rape-war connection, Ponzi schemes, domestic right-wing terrorism, and state- sanctioned torture)

Author Biography

Piers Beirne is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.
James W. Messerschmidt is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Criminology
The Problem of Crime
Images of Crime
Crime, Criminal Law, and Criminalization
Crime as a Sociological Problem
The Measurement of Crime
Caution: Data Do Not Speak for Themselves
Official Crime Data
Unofficial Crime Data
Comparative Criminology and Globalization
Approaching Comparative Criminology
Comparative Crime and Victimization Data
Cross-National Generalizations Regarding Crime
Criminological Theory
Inventing Criminology: Classicism, Positivism, and Beyond
The Enlightenment and Classical Criminology
The Emergence of Positivist Criminology
Neoclassical Criminology
Social Structure, Anomie, and Crime
Durkheim's Sociology of Law and Crime
Social Structure, Anomie, and Deviance
Revised Strain Theory
Delinquent Subcultures, Subcultures of Delinquency, and the Labeling Perspective
The Chicago School of Criminology, Disorganization, and Delinquency
Delinquent Subcultures
Matza's Delinquency and Drift
The Labeling Perspective
Social Learning and Social Control Theories
Differential Association
Social Learning
Social Control
Control Balance
The Conflict Tradition
Marxism, Law, and Crime
Conflict Theory
Radical Criminology
Feminist Criminology and Critical Criminologies
Feminist Criminology
Critical Criminologies
Inequalities and Crime
Inequality, Crime, and Victimization
Class and Crime
Gender and Crime
Race and Crime
Age and Crime
Property Crime
Robbery and Burglary
Varieties of Larceny
Dealing and Damage
Interpersonal Violence
Murder, Assault, Hate Crimes, and Rape
Interpersonal Violence in the Family
Interpersonal Violence in the Workplace
White-Collar Crime
Occupational Crime
Corporate Crime
Transnational Corporate
Political Crime
Political Crimes against the State
Domestic Political Crimes by the State
Transnational Political Crimes by the State
Author Index
Subject Index
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