A Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-16
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning

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This slim volume offers a comprehensive survey of the major criminological and delinquency theories, including their philosophical foundations, policy implications, empirical support, and criticisms. A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY can be used as a primary text or as a supplement for other texts, anthologies, or collections of journal articles.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
An Introduction to Theoryp. 1
What Is Theory?p. 1
Testing Theoriesp. 6
The Problem of Defining Crimep. 7
Why Is Theory Important, or Why Study Crime and Delinquency Theory?p. 10
Classical and Neoclassical Theoryp. 13
Enlightenment Philosophy and Classical Theoryp. 14
Beccariap. 16
Rational Choice Theoryp. 17
A Critique of Classical Theoryp. 18
Neoclassical Theoryp. 20
Positivist Theoriesp. 25
Positive Philosophyp. 25
The Influence of Empirical or Experimental Sciencep. 27
Major Differences between Positivism and Classicism/Neoclassicismp. 28
General Problems with Positivist Theoriesp. 29
Biological Theoriesp. 33
Physiognomy and Phrenologyp. 34
Criminal Anthropologyp. 35
Body Type Theoriesp. 39
Herdity Studiesp. 40
Modern Biocriminologyp. 42
General Problems with Biological Theoriesp. 45
Psychological Theoriesp. 51
Intelligence and Crimep. 51
Psychoanalytic Theoriesp. 55
General Problems with Psychoanalytic Theoriesp. 58
Personality Theoriesp. 59
Humanistic Psychological Theoryp. 61
Macrosociological Theoriesp. 69
The Contributions of Durkheimp. 69
The Theory of the Chicago School or Social Disorganization Theoryp. 71
Situational Crime Prevention and Routine Activity Theoriesp. 76
Functionalismp. 78
Anomie Theoriesp. 80
Microsociological Theoriesp. 95
Learning Theoriesp. 95
Subcultural Theoriesp. 103
Social Control Theoriesp. 105
Critical Theoriesp. 115
Interactionism and Labeling Theoryp. 116
Conflict Criminologyp. 120
Radical Criminologyp. 124
Feminist Criminologyp. 130
British or Left Realismp. 132
Peacemaking Criminologyp. 133
Postmodern Criminologyp. 134
Conclusion: Integrated Theories, Developmental Theories, and Beyondp. 145
Integrated Theoriesp. 146
Developmental Theoriesp. 149
Problems with Integrated and Developmental Theoriesp. 150
Conclusionp. 152
Referencesp. 157
Name Indexp. 177
Subject Indexp. 181
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