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Introduction to Criminology - Vantage Learning Platform

Introduction to Criminology - Vantage Learning Platform
Why Do They Do It?

Fourth Edition

January 2024 | SAGE Publications, Inc
About Introduction to Criminology - Vantage Learning Platform, Fourth Edition

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Criminology
Chapter 2: Measuring Crime
Chapter 3: The Classical School of Criminological Thought
Chapter 4: Contemporary Classical and Deterrence Research
Chapter 5: Early Positivism: Biological Theories of Crime
Chapter 6: Modern Biosocial Perspectives of Criminal Behavior
Chapter 7: Psychological/Trait Theories of Crime
Chapter 8: Social Structure Theories of Crime I: Early Development and Strain Models of Crime
Chapter 9: Social Structure Theories of Crime II: Social Disorganization and Subcultures
Chapter 10: Social Process and Control Theories of Crime
Chapter 11: Labeling Theory and Conflict/Marxist/Radical Theories of Crime
Chapter 12: Feminist Theories of Crime
Chapter 13: Developmental/Life-Course Perspectives on Criminality
Chapter 14: White-Collar Crime, Organized Crime, and Cybercrime
Chapter 15: Hate Crimes, Mass Murder, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Chapter 16: Drugs and Crime


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New to this Edition:
  • Crime statistics have been updated throughout to better reflect the most recent crime data available.
  • Case studies and the Why Do They do It? sections have been updated throughout, highlighting a combination of historical and contemporary cases to provide students with more opportunities to apply theories to actual crimes.
  • Recent major social events, such as the George Floyd protests, are discussed in detail with particular focus on their relevance for specific theoretical perspectives.
  • Information related to changes in crime trends and criminal behavior during and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been added throughout, such as information pertaining to changes in interpersonal violence trends, hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, and changes in homicides.
  • Information on a range of contemporary topics has been revised, including legalization of marijuana use; mass shooting events, including notable school shooting events; the opioid epidemic; challenges facing law enforcement; and gun control.
Key Features:
  • Theory in Action Videos: These clips include candid interviews with former offenders that reinforce theoretical concepts for students.
  • What Were They Thinking? Videos: Co-author Stephen G. Tibbetts explores an interesting or unusual crime, and links it to concepts discussed in the chapter.
  • Chapter-opening Case Studies present real-life cases that introduce the concepts discussed in the chapter; cases are revisited throughout the chapter to contextualize the theories and concepts.
  • Why Do They Do It cases give students an opportunity to critically analyze the high profile cases they hear about in the news.
  • Special typology chapters review contemporary topics such as cybercrime, hate crimes, terrorism, white collar/corporate crime, and drug-related offenses.
  • An entire chapter devoted to Feminist criminological theories gives attention to a topic not adequately covered in most other introductory textbooks.
  • Applying Theory to Crime boxes help students apply the chapter concepts to violent and property crimes within the context of theory chapter.
  • Learning Checks throughout the chapters help students test their knowledge and reading retention.
  • Policy Implications sections at the end of chapters further demonstrate the application of the theories.

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