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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory
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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Two Volume Set
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September 2010 | 1 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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This two-volume set is designed to serve as a reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary criminological theory. Drawing together a team of international scholars, it examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in a context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. The work provides essays on cutting-edge research as well as concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Topics include contexts and concepts in criminological theory, the social construction of crime, policy implications of theory, diversity and intercultural contexts, conflict theory, rational choice theories, conservative criminology, feminist theory, and more.

Key Themes
The Classical School of Criminology
The Positivist School of Criminology
Early American Theories of Crime
Biological and Biosocial Theories of Crime
Psychological Theories of Crime
The Chicago School of Criminology
Cultural and Learning Theories of Crime
Anomie and Strain Theories of Crime and Deviance
Control Theories of Crime
Labeling and Interactionist Theories of Crime
Theories of the Criminal Sanction
Conflict, Radical, and Critical Theories of Crime
Feminist and Gender-Specific Theories of Crime
Choice and Opportunity Theories of Crime
Macro-Level/ Community Theories of Crime
Life-Course and Developmental Theories of Crime
Integrated Theories of Crime
Theories of White-Collar and Corporate Crime
Contemporary Gang Theories
Theories of Prison Behavior and Insurgency
Theories of Fear and Concern About Crime


"BOTTOM LINE The arrangement and the overall clarity and consistency of the writing are reasons why one should prefer this title to other recent criminological titles. An excellent resource for college students in the social sciences at whatever level."

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Key features
  • Two volumes containing approximately 300 signed entries provide users with the most authoritative and thorough reference resource available on criminological theory, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage.
  • To ease navigation between and among related entries, a Reader's Guide groups entries thematically and each entry is followed by Cross-References.
  • The Reader's Guide, Cross-References, and a detailed Index all combine in the electronic version to provide users with powerful browse and search capabilities.
  • A Criminological Time Line highlights 25 top theoretical contributions to the field, allowing readers to easily chart directions and trends in thought and theory from 1764 to the present.
  • Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each entry and a Master Bibliography at the end of the encyclopedia guide readers to sources for more detailed research and discussion.

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