The Handbook of Criminological Theory. Wiley Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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  • 558 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Bringing order and insight to a vast field that is constantly evolving, this handbook provides up–to–date, in–depth summaries of the most important theories in criminology, from classic deterrence theory and social disorganization to modern labeling theory and integrated theory. These original essays are clearly and accessibly written by top scholars in the field as well as up–and–coming scholars. For each theory, the handbook describes origins and assumptions, assesses current debates and research, points out knowledge gaps, offers directions for future research, and includes recommendations for further reading. In addition to discussion of specific theories, the essays address a host of broader issues and topics related to the field, such as the correlates of crime, testing theory, policy implications, and prediction. Encompassing theory, research, policy, and practice, this is an indispensable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners at all levels.
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Notes on Contributors vii

1 Introduction: Theory and Contemporary Criminology 1Charles R. Tittle

2 Correlates of Crime 18Matt DeLisi and Michael G. Vaughn

3 Theory Testing In Criminology 37Travis C. Pratt

4 Deterrence 50Thomas A. Loughran, Ray Paternoster, and Douglas B. Weiss

5 Contemporary Biosocial Criminology: A Systematic Review of the Literature, 2000–2012 75J.C. Barnes, Brian B. Boutwell, and Kevin M. Beaver

6 A Developmental Perspective on Adolescent Risk ]Taking and Criminal Behavior 100Elizabeth Cauffman, Caitlin Cavanagh, Sachiko Donley, and April Gile Thomas

7 Social Disorganization Theory′s Greatest Challenge: Linking Structural Characteristics to Crime in Socially Disorganized Communities 121Charis E. Kubrin and James C. Wo

8 Routine Activities, Delinquency, and Youth Convergences 137Jose R. Agustina and Marcus Felson

9 Environmental Criminology 156Aiden Sidebottom and Richard Wortley

10 Control as an Explanation of Crime and Delinquency 182Chester L. Britt and Michael Rocque

11 Strain, Economic Status, and Crime 209Robert Agnew

12 Social Learning Theory 230Ronald L. Akers and Wesley G. Jennings

13 Cultural Processes, Social Order, and Criminology 241Mark T. Berg, Eric A. Sevell, and Eric A. Stewart

14 Labeling Theory: Past, Present, and Future 271Ruth Triplett and Lindsey Upton

15 Feminist Theory 290Joanne Belknap

16 Critical Criminology 301Martin D. Schwartz and Henry H. Brownstein

17 Integrating Criminological Theories 318Marv Krohn and Jeffrey T. Ward

18 Developmental and Life ]Course Theories of Crime 336Tara Renae McGee and David P. Farrington

19 Biosocial Bases of Antisocial and Criminal Behavior 355Frances R. Chen, Yu Gao, Andrea L. Glenn, Sharon Niv, Jill Portnoy, Robert Schug, Yaling Yang, and Adrian Raine

20 From Theory to Policy and Back Again 380Scott H. Decker

21 How Do Criminologists Interpret Statistical Explanation of Crime? A Review of Quantitative Modeling in Published Studies 395David Weisburd, Breanne Cave, and Alex R. Piquero

22 Situational Theory: The Importance of Interactions and Action Mechanisms in the Explanation of Crime 415Per ]Olof H. Wikstrom and Kyle Treiber

23 Macro ]Level Theory: A Critical Component of Criminological Exploration 445Eric P. Baumer and Ashley N. Arnio

24 What International Research Has Told Us About Criminological Theory 475Olena Antonaccio and Ekaterina V. Botchkovar

25 Qualitative Criminology′s Contributions to Theory 497Andy Hochstetler and Heith Copes

Index 521

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Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor in the Program in Criminology in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance at Griffith University, Australia, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He is co–editor of theJournal of Quantitative Criminology and has published over 240 peer–reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods. He has collaborated on several books, includingOffending from Childhood to Late Middle Age: Recent Results from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (2013),Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (2011), andKey Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses of the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (2007).
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