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The Library of Essays in Theoretical Criminology: The Library of Essays in Theoretical Criminology


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Social Constructionist Theories of Crime

Social Constructionist Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Ross L. Matsueda, Stuart Henry
March 11, 2015

Social Constructionist Theory has become a transcendent perspective appearing in a variety of disciplines from sociology, psychology and psychotherapy, to geography, political science and post-modernism. It integrates the symbolic interactionist tradition of social psychology with the labeling...

Developmental and Life-course Criminological Theories

Developmental and Life-course Criminological Theories

1st Edition

Tara Renae McGee, Paul Mazerolle
March 09, 2015

The developmental and life-course perspective in criminology came to prominence during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s a number of theories were developed to explain offending behavior over the life-course. This volume brings together theoretical statements, empirical tests and debates of...

Social Learning Theories of Crime

Social Learning Theories of Crime

1st Edition

L. Thomas Winfree, Ronald L. Akers, Christine S. Sellers
March 15, 2012

The readings selected for this volume reveal the historical development of social learning theory, from its origins in differential association theory, through the role played by psychological behaviorism, to contemporary social learning theory and its further incorporation of social structure as...

Crime Opportunity Theories: Routine Activity, Rational Choice and their Variants

Crime Opportunity Theories: Routine Activity, Rational Choice and their Variants

1st Edition

Mangai Natarajan
November 23, 2011

Opportunity theories of crime seek to explain the occurrence of crime rather than simply the existence of criminal dispositions. They emphasize the fundamental element in the criminal act of opportunity: how this arises, how it is perceived, evaluated and acted on by those with criminal...

Feminist Theories of Crime

Feminist Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Merry Morash, Meda Chesney-Lind
October 28, 2011

This collection re-imagines the field of criminology with insights gleaned from feminist theory. Works included here illustrate that gender is a key organizing principle of social life. This means that men and women have gender, that patriarchy as well as gender must be theorized, and that other...

Radical and Marxist Theories of Crime

Radical and Marxist Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Paul B. Stretesky, Michael J. Lynch
September 28, 2011

The essays selected for this volume show how radical and Marxist criminology has established itself as an influential critique since it emerged in the late 1960s. Unlike orthodox criminology which emphasizes individual level explanations of criminal behavior, radical and Marxist criminology...

Social Control and Self-Control Theories of Crime and Deviance

Social Control and Self-Control Theories of Crime and Deviance

1st Edition

L. Edward Wells, Joseph H. Rankin
July 28, 2011

Control theories have dominated criminological theory and research since the 1969 publication of Hirschi's seminal work on the social bond. Social control and self-control theorists are unique in suggesting that patterns in criminal behaviors are better explained by variations in social constraints...

Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime

Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Jeff Ferrell, Keith Hayward
April 28, 2011

Cultural criminology has now emerged as a distinct theoretical perspective, and as a notable intellectual alternative to certain aspects of contemporary criminology. Cultural criminology attempts to theorize the interplay of cultural processes, media practices, and crime; the emotional and embodied...

Social, Ecological and Environmental Theories of Crime

Social, Ecological and Environmental Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Jeffery T. Walker
April 15, 2011

One of the oldest and most extensive forms of criminology falls within what is referred to, among other names, as social ecology. Beginning with the work of Guerry and Quetelet, this theory became the dominate paradigm in explaining crime with the work of the Chicago School in the early 1900s,...

Biosocial Theories of Crime

Biosocial Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Kevin M. Beaver, Anthony Walsh
August 28, 2010

Biosocial criminology is an emerging perspective that highlights the interdependence between genetic and environmental factors in the etiology of antisocial behaviors. However, given that biosocial criminology has only recently gained traction among criminologists, there has not been any attempt...

Postmodernist and Post-Structuralist Theories of Crime

Postmodernist and Post-Structuralist Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Dragan Milovanovic, Bruce A. Arrigo
August 24, 2010

This volume presents the rich and provocative historical, theoretical, methodological, and applied developments within affirmative postmodern and post-structural criminology. This includes the evolution of thought that embraces the "linguistic turn" in crime, law justice, and social change....

Anomie, Strain and Subcultural Theories of Crime

Anomie, Strain and Subcultural Theories of Crime

1st Edition

Joanne M. Kaufman, Robert Agnew
August 23, 2010

Anomie, strain and subcultural theories are among the leading theories of crime. Anomie theories state that crime results from the failure of society to regulate adequately the behavior of individuals, particularly the efforts of individuals to achieve monetary success. Strain theories focus on...

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