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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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Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory

Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

Social Learning Theory and the Explanation of Crime

Social Learning Theory and the Explanation of Crime

1st Edition

Gary Jensen
March 15, 2007

Social learning theory has been called the dominant theory of crime and delinquency in the United States, yet it is often misrepresented. This latest volume in the distinguished Advances in Criminological Theory series explores the impact of this theory. Some equate it with differential association...

Beyond Empiricism: Institutions and Intentions in the Study of Crime

Beyond Empiricism: Institutions and Intentions in the Study of Crime

1st Edition

Joan McCord
May 31, 2004

Beyond Empiricism expands the discourse on theories of criminal behavior. It considers institutional, social, and individual issues related to criminal behavior, while individually each raises questions about the adequacy of current theoretical claims. The topics have significant implications both...

Control Theories of Crime and Delinquency

Control Theories of Crime and Delinquency

1st Edition

Michael Gottfredson
November 30, 2003

For the past twenty to thirty years, control theories of crime have been at the center of theoretical development in criminology. Key to the control theory perspective is the notion that crime is an inherently individual act, and its explanation requires that we focus on the characteristics of...

Crime and Social Organization

Crime and Social Organization

1st Edition

Elin Waring, David Weisburd
June 30, 2001

This tenth volume in the Advances in Criminological Theory series is dedicated to the work of Albert J. Reiss, Jr. It focuses on the relationship between crime and social organization that is so central to his work. This focus rejects a view of crime solely as the action of atomistic individuals...

The Process and Structure of Crime: Criminal Events and Crime Analysis

The Process and Structure of Crime: Criminal Events and Crime Analysis

1st Edition

Robert F. Meier, Leslie Kennedy, Vincent Sacco
April 30, 2001

Criminology has developed strong methodological tools over the past decades, establishing itself as a competitive, sophisticated, and independent social science. Perhaps because of its emphasis on matters of design, methodology, and quantitative analysis, criminology has had few significant...

The Legacy of Anomie Theory

The Legacy of Anomie Theory

1st Edition

Freda Adler
November 30, 1999

This sixth volume Advances in Criminological Theory is testimony to a resurgent interest in anomie-strain theory, which began in the mid-1980s and continues unabated into the 1990s. Contributors focus on the new body of empirical research and theorizing that has been added to the anomie tradition...

The Criminology of Criminal Law

The Criminology of Criminal Law

1st Edition

William Laufer
February 28, 1998

The Criminology of Criminal Law considers the relation between criminal law and theories of crime, criminality and justice. This book discusses a wide range of topics, including: the way in which white-collar crime is defined; new perspectives on stranger violence; the reasons why criminologists...

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