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Theoretical Criminology

ISBN: 0195073215

Language: English

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Theoretical Criminology


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This fourth edition of Theoretical Criminology, the standard text and reference in its field, has been extensively revised and completely updated. New sections include material on neurotransmitters, environmentally induced biological components of behavior, impulsiveness and crime, neighborhoods as causes of crime, situational contexts of crime, the decline and resurgence of strain theories, and control-ology. The text also examines Gottfredson and Hirsch's General Theory of Crime, Katz's Seductions of Crime, Hagan's Structural Criminology, and Black's Behavior of Law, as well as postmodern criminology and feminist criminology. A new chapter on developmental criminology discusses criminal careers, longitudinal research, the relationship between age and crime, Thornberry's interactional theory, and Sampson and Laub's age-graded theory of informal social control. A second new chapter on integrated theories discusses recent efforts by Elliott et al., Braithwaite, Tittle, Vila, and Bernard and Snipes. The text presents each type of theory accurately and comprehensively within its historical context. Relevant empirical research is reviewed and assessed, and research issues related to theory testing are also discussed. The writing style is lively and readable, designed to appeal to students at all levels. Offering the most accurate, clear, and comprehensive presentation of criminology theories, Theoretical Criminology continues to retain its premier position in the field of criminology, a position it has held for almost 40 years.

Customer Reviews of Theoretical Criminology


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.

Theoretical Criminology

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

best theory text book

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.

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