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Release Date: August, 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Theoretical Criminology, the standard text in its field, has been extensively revised and completely updated. The fifth edition offers new sections on causation in scientific theories, Sampson's theory of collective efficacy, and Anderson's "code of the street." A new chapter on contemporary classicism includes sections on deterrence theory and research, routine activities theory, and rational choice theory. Also included is a new chapter that examines the role of gender in criminology theories, covering feminist criminology and theories of masculinity and crime. Each theory is presented accurately and comprehensively within its historical context. Relevant empirical research is reviewed and assessed, and research issues related to theory testing are also discussed. Lively and engaging, this new edition is designed to appeal to students at all levels. Offering the most precise, clear, and thorough presentation of criminology theories, Theoretical Criminology retains its premier position in the field of criminology.
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Posted by bookworm on 2/21/2010
This is a good book for those who are studying criminology since it introduced a lot of theories explaining crime and criminals. The author, George Vold, was such a well-learnt criminologist. It is worth of keeping his book in our bookshelf.
Posted by GCE on 6/17/2009
This book is a "must have" for those interested in criminology or the history of criminology as well as how criminal research impacts social policy, laws, and programs
Posted by atomicgirl on 10/16/2007
This is hands down the best crim theory text book available. It's designed for undergrads, but it provides a brief, thorough, and direct synopsis of all the most important theories a grad student might study for comprehensive exams, so it's a great way to review and to make sure you're covering all your bases. The only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is because this edition is already 7 years old. A ton of research has come out in the last few years, and I think theoretical topography has changed quite a bit, especially with self control theory, developmental and life course perspectives, and recent work on communities and crime dominating the field. A must-have for any criminology grad student.