Great Debates in Criminology

1st Edition

Chad Posick, Michael Rocque

Published June 28, 2018
Textbook - 222 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138223738 - CAT# Y308021

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This book explores the role of theory and research in criminology. Adopting a unique and refreshing approach to criminological theory, it focuses on the great debates in criminology from its inception as a field to the present day. It explores the debates that have motivated criminological thought, that have represented turning points in theoretical and empirical trajectories, that have offered mini-paradigm shifts, and that have moved the field forward. Coverage includes:

  • Classical debates, including the work of Lombroso, Durkheim, and Sutherland;
  • Sociological vs. psychological debates in criminology;
  • Control theory and cultural deviance theory;
  • Criminal career and trait-based theory;
  • Theory testing in criminology;
  • Critical theories in criminology;
  • Debates on the state of criminology and criminal justice;
  • Policy issues in criminology.

Each chapter explores several key debates, summarizes key points, and offers a discussion of the current empirical status. This book is novel in emphasising the role of debate in criminology and offering an enlightening synthesis of theorists and their perspectives. It is essential reading for students taking courses on criminological theory and teachers of those theories.


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