Now in a new edition, Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application offers a concise yet comprehensive review and appraisal of the leading theories of crime and criminal justice. Based on the widespread success of the first four editions, this popular resource has been updated and revised to reflect changes in the development, testing, integration, and application of essential criminological theories. In clear, engaging language, authors Ronald L. Akers and Christine S. Sellers explore each principal criminological theory through the following in-depth analysis: * Introduction: Presents a succinct exposition of the theory's central concepts, assertions, and hypotheses--including recent modifications and revisions * Evaluation: Provides a detailed critique of the theory, with a focus on empirical validity * Application: Extends the evaluation to determine each theory's relevance, as well as its potential for controlling and preventing crime and delinquency To draw students into the material, the fifth edition incorporates a helpful new resource that provides an overview of every major theory of criminal and deviant behavior--Table 12.1.An invaluable pedagogical tool, this table directs students to the corresponding chapter for each theory; it also includes brief entries on each theory's major proponents, concepts, propositions, empirical validity, and policy implications.
Encouraging students to carefully review--and thoughtfully compare--these theories, the table creates a dynamic connection between readers and the text. Ideal for courses on theories of crime, delinquency, and deviance, Criminological Theories, Fifth Edition, also serves as an excellent supplement for courses in criminology, juvenile delinquency, deviance, and criminal behavior.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Criminological Theory; 2. Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories; 3. Biological Theories; 4. Psychological Theories; 5. Social Learning Theory; 6. Social Bonding and Control Theories; 7. Labeling and Reintegrative Shaming Theory; 8. Social Disorganization, Anomie, and Strain Theories; 9. Conflict Theory; 10. Marxist and Critical Theories; 11. Feminists Theories; 12. Integrating Criminological Theories; References; Author Index; Subject Index
Ronald L. Akers is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of Florida. He is coeditor of Social Learning Theory and the Explanation of Crime (2007). Christine S. Sellers is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida.