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The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory

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July 2010 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory recenters theory in the boldest, most thought-provoking form possible within the criminological enterprise. Written by a team of internationally respected specialists, it provides readers with a clear overview of criminological theory, enabling them to reflect critically upon the variety of theoretical positions - traditional, emergent and desirable - that are constitutive of the discipline at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Each chapter has been specially commissioned to include the following:

  • A brief historical overview of the theoretical perspective 
  • Core ideas and key associated concepts
  • A critical review of the contemporary status of the perspective
  • Reflections on future developments

In addition, the Handbook features a substantive introduction by the editors, providing a review of the development of criminological theory, the state of contemporary criminological theory and emergent issues and debates.

The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory is an indispensable international resource for libraries and scholars of all levels studying the rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field of criminology.

 


Eugene McLaughlin and Tim Newburn
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CONTEMPORARY CRIMINOLOGICAL THEORY
Laura A Baker, Catherine Tuvblad and Adrian Raine
Genetics and Crime
Darrick Jolliffe and David P Farrington
Individual Differences and Offending
Ronald L Akers and Gary F Jensen
Social Learning Theory
Process and Structure in Criminal and Deviant Behavior

 
Simon Hallsworth and Tara Young
Street Collectives and Group Delinquency
Social Disorganization, Subcultures and beyond

 
Robert Agnew and Timothy Brezina
Strain Theories
Ray Paternoster and Ronet Bachman
Control Theories
John Muncie
Labelling, Social Reaction and Social Constructionism
Eugene McLaughlin
Critical Criminology
Gregg Barak
Integrative Criminology
Roger Matthews
Realist Criminology Revisited
Sharon Chamard
Routine Activities
Kathleen Daly
Feminist Perspectives in Criminology: A Review with Gen Y in Mind
 
PART TWO: NEW DIRECTIONS
David P Farrington
Life-Course and Developmental Theories in Criminology
Ronald V Clarke
Crime Science
Tony Jefferson
Psychosocial Criminology
Jeff Ferrell
Cultural Criminology
The Loose Can[n]on

 
Pat O'Malley
Governmental Criminology
Susanne Karstedt
New Institutionalism in Criminology
Approaches, Theories and Themes

 
Lawrence W Sherman
Defiance, Compliance and Consilience
A General Theory of Criminology

 
Lee E Ross
A Vision of Race, Crime and Justice through the Lens of Critical Race Theory
Rob White
A Green Criminology Perspective
Katja Franko Aas
Global Criminology
Michael Cavadino
Penology
Paul Rock
Approaches to Victims and Victimization
Chris Greer
News Media Criminology

An invaluable resource for students at any level, particularly for those looking for explanations and updates on traditional theories.

Mrs Sarah Watson
Criminology, Coventry University
October 14, 2013

The book is a much needed and welcomed addition to our list of recommended texts for our students. It is suggested that they purchase or consult a library copy alongside 'Criminological Perspectives' also published by Sage. This book is great for background reading for students and given its clearly written chapters will enable them to begin to understand theories before pursuing them more in depth by reading the original texts.

Miss Rachel Morris
Department of Applied Social Sciences, Lancaster University
September 9, 2013

A useful text to compliment other texts.

Dr Stephen Hallam
School of Social Sciences Criminology, Northampton University
August 14, 2013

This book brings together key criminological theories but, more importantly, updates these to include 'new directions', including green and global criminologies which, whilst more perspectives than theories, are lacking in many similar texts

Mrs Melanie Wellsmith
Div of Criminology, Sociology & Psyc., Huddersfield University
May 21, 2013

This is an important text/handbook in this field, however, it is too costly for most of our students, and some of the content is beyond undergraduate students. I have set it as a recommended addition to the required textbook (Crime and Criminology 5e) for the more advanced students to use.

Dr Nicole Asquith
Humanities and Social sciences, Deakin University
May 10, 2013

This book will be very useful for my final year students studying Criminology, especially helping them to think more critically about crime and justice. I enjoyed reading the chapter on ‘Labelling, Social Reaction and Social Constructionism’ by John Muncie.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
May 9, 2013

Excellent, a must have for students studying criminological theory

Dr Karen Corteen
Dept of Social & Communication Studies, Chester University
April 25, 2013

Great book very useful for my students, feedback from them was: Easy to read and comprehensive.

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
April 22, 2013

This is an important text for students getting to grips with sociological and criminological topic matter. It provides thorough but easy to follow accounts of theoretical development, which gives students the confidence that they haven't 'missed anything out' and is a helpful signpost for further reading.

Dr Elizabeth Yardley
Education, Law and Social Sciences, Birmingham City University
April 12, 2013

There are some very interesting chapters in the book, particularly regarding new advances in this field. We don't have a core textbook and students are recommended to read a number of books in this subject area.

Dr Karen Shalev Greene
Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University
April 8, 2013
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