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Advances in Criminological Theory


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The Advances in Criminological Theory Series is the first series exclusively dedicated to the dissemination of original work on criminological theory. It was created to overcome the neglect of theory construction and validation in existing publications, as well as to further the free exchange of ideas, to broaden the discourse on traditional theories, and to explore new insights that challenge old ways of explaining crime. The series ranges widely, covering theoretical growth from postulates to logically derived hypotheses to testing and analysis with particular emphasis on reformations and new applications of existing paradigms. It is a rich collection that delves into the history of the discipline, organizes past and emerging knowledge, explores the current status of theoretical development, and opens pathways for future exploration.

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Building a Black Criminology, Volume 24: Race, Theory, and Crime

Building a Black Criminology, Volume 24: Race, Theory, and Crime

Forthcoming

James D. Unnever, Shaun L Gabbidon, Cecilia Chouhy
November 08, 2018

In light of the Black Lives movement and protests in many cities, the role of race in crime and justice is now ever-more salient. Within theoretical criminology, however, race has oddly remained on the periphery. It is often introduced as a control variable in tests of theories and is rarely...

Deterrence, Choice, and Crime, Volume 23: Contemporary Perspectives

Deterrence, Choice, and Crime, Volume 23: Contemporary Perspectives

Daniel S. Nagin, Francis T. Cullen, Cheryl Lero Jonson
April 19, 2018

Deterrence, Choice, and Crime explores the various dimensions of modern deterrence theory, relevant research, and practical applications. Beginning with the classical roots of deterrence theory in Cesare Beccaria’s profoundly important contributions to modern criminological thought, the book draws...

Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection, Volume 22: New Directions in Theory and Policy

Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection, Volume 22: New Directions in Theory and Policy

David Weisburd, John E. Eck
November 20, 2017

Unraveling the Crime-Place Connection examines in a new light how places enhance our understanding of crime and its control. While there has been much work in this area focused on policy, few have examined the underlying theories that inform this work. Theory has played a secondary role in the "...

Delinquency and Drift Revisited, Volume 21: The Criminology of David Matza and Beyond

Delinquency and Drift Revisited, Volume 21: The Criminology of David Matza and Beyond

Thomas G. Blomberg, Francis T. Cullen, Christoffer Carlsson, Cheryl Lero Jonson
August 14, 2017

Fifty years ago, David Matza wrote Delinquency and Drift, challenging the ways people thought about the development of criminals. Today, Delinquency and Drift Revisited reminds criminologists that they ignore Matza’s writings at their own intellectual peril. Matza’s work shows his insights on a...

Qualitative Research in Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory

Qualitative Research in Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory

Wilson R. Palacios
August 30, 2015

This volume investigates the significant role qualitative research plays in expanding and refining our understandings of crime and justice. It features seventeen original essays that discuss the relationship between methodology and theory. The result is a theoretically engaged volume that explores...

Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser

Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser

Francis T. Cullen
April 30, 2015

This volume is divided into five sections that, when taken together, offer an informative account of the impact of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser's Social Sources of Delinquency on the development of American criminological thought. This classic book was her major contribution to the field.Section I tells...

Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests

Labeling Theory: Empirical Tests

Joseph Murray
November 30, 2013

Labeling theory has been an extremely important and influential development in criminology, but its recent advances have been largely neglected. This volume aims to reinvigorate labeling theory by presenting a comprehensive range of its modern applications.In the first section, Ross Matsueda...

Measuring Crime and Criminality

Measuring Crime and Criminality

John MacDonald
October 30, 2011

Measuring Crime and Criminality focuses on how different approaches to measuring crime and criminality are used to test existing criminological theories. Each chapter reviews a key approach for measuring criminal behavior and discusses its strengths or weaknesses for explaining the facts of crime...

Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts

Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts

Joan McCord
August 15, 2011

Facts, Frameworks, and Forecasts calls for rethinking the development of criminological theory. In her introduction, Joan McCord argues that the field is ready for new approaches and that its progress depends on a sound factual base. Examining the discipline's research design, methodology, and...

The Origins of American Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory

The Origins of American Criminology: Advances in Criminological Theory

Andrew Myer
February 15, 2011

The Origins of American Criminology is an invaluable resource. Both separately and together, these essays capture the stories behind the invention of criminology's major theoretical perspectives. They preserve information that otherwise would have been lost. There is urgency to embark on this...

Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory

Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory

Francis T. Cullen
January 15, 2009

Criminology is in a period of much theoretical ferment. Older theories have been revitalized, and newer theories have been set forth. The very richness of our thinking about crime, however, leads to questions about the relative merits of these competing paradigms. Accordingly, in this volume...

Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending

Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending

David P. Farrington
June 30, 2008

Developmental and life-course criminology aims to provide information about how offending and antisocial behavior develops, about risk and protective factors at different ages, and about the effects of life events on the course of development. This volume advances knowledge about these theories of...

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