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Introduction to Criminology - Interactive eBook

Introduction to Criminology - Interactive eBook
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January 2020 | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Chapter 1. Introduction to Criminology

Key Concepts to Understanding Criminology

The Criminal Justice System

Criminology Theory


Chapter 2. Measuring Crime

Crime Data From Law Enforcement Agencies

Crime Data from Victims of Crime: The National Crime Victimization Survey

Crime Data from Self-Report Surveys

Additional Approaches to Collecting Crime Data

Chapter 3. Classical School of Criminology Thought

Pre-Classical Perspectives of Crime and Punishment

The Age of Enlightenment

The Classical School of Criminology

Impact of Beccaria’s Work on Other Theorists

The Neoclassical School of Criminology

Loss of Dominance of Classical/Neoclassical Theory

Policy Implications

Chapter 4. Contemporary Classical and Deterrence Research

Rebirth of Deterrence Theory and Contemporary Research

Rational Choice Theory

Routine Activities Theory

Policy Implications

Chapter 5. Early Positivism

Early Biological Theories of Behavior

Lombroso’s Theory of Atavism and Born Criminals

After Lombroso: The IQ-Testing Era

Body Type Theory: Sheldon’s Model of Somatotyping

Policy Implications

Chapter 6. Modern Biosocial Perspectives of Criminal Behavior

Nature Versus Nurture: Studies Examining the Influence of Genetics and Environment

Cytogenetic Studies: The XYY Factor

Hormones and Neurotransmitters: Chemicals That Determine Criminal Behavior

Brain Injuries

Central and Autonomic Nervous System Activity

Biosocial Approaches Toward Explaining Criminal Behavior

Case Study Revisited: The Spahalski Brothers

Policy Implications

Chapter 7. Psychological/Trait Theories of Crime

Early Psychological Theorizing Regarding Criminal Behavior

Modern Versions of Psychological Perspectives of Criminality

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

Policy Implications of Psychological/Trait Theories

Chapter 8: Social Structure Theories of Crime I

Early Theories of Social Structure: Early to Late 1800s

Durkheim and the Concept of Anomie

Merton’s Strain Theory

Variations of Merton’s Strain Theory

General Strain Theory

Summary of Strain Theories

Policy Implications of Strain Theory

Chapter 9: Social Structure Theories of Crime II

The Ecological School and the Chicago School of Criminology

Shaw and McKay’s Theory of Social Disorganization

Cultural and Subcultural Theories of Crime

Criticisms of Cultural Theories of Crime

Policy Implications

Chapter 10: Social Process and Control Theories of Crime

Learning Theories

Differential Reinforcement Theory

Control Theories

A General Theory of Crime: Low Self-Control

Policy Implications

Chapter 11: Labeling Theory and Conflict/Marxist/Radical Theories of Crime

Labeling Theory

Foundation of Labeling Theory

Evaluating Labeling Theory

Conflict Perspectives

Evaluating Conflict Theories

Additional Critical Theories

Policies Related to Labeling and Conflict Theories of Crime

Chapter 12: Feminist Theories of Crime

A Brief History of Feminism in the United States

Feminist Perspectives on Gender

Traditional Theories of Female Crime

Liberation Thesis

Power-Control Theory

Feminist Perspectives on Understanding Crime and Criminal Behavior

Policies Based on Feminist Theories of Crime

Chapter 13. Developmental/Life-Course Perspectives criminality
Basic Concepts and Early Developmental Theory

Antidevelopmental Theory: Low Self-Control Theory

Modern Developmental/Life-Course Perspectives

Policy Implications


What is White-Collar Crime?

Incidence and Impact of White-Collar Crime on Society

Types of White-Collar Crime

Theoretical Explanations of White-Collar Crime

Organized Crime


Chapter 15. Hate Crimes, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Hate Crime



Homeland Security

Policy Implications

Chapter 16. Drugs and Crime

Commonly Abused Drugs

Trends of Drug Use

The Drug-Crime Link

Modern Policies Related to Reducing Drug Use

Recommendations for Future Policies


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