A Primer on Crime and Delinquency Theory

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Cengage Learning, Jun 16, 2010 - Social Science - 208 pages
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This slim volume offers a comprehensive survey of the major criminological and delinquency theories, including their philosophical foundations, policy implications, empirical support, and criticisms. A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY can be used as a primary text or as a supplement for other texts, anthologies, or collections of journal articles.
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Unfortunately this book was required for my class. The print is extremely small, the contrast between the paper/print is pathetic to say the least. I usually get a headache after about 5-10 minutes of reading it.


An Introduction to Theory
Classical and Neoclassical Theory
Positivist Theories
Biological Theories
Psychological Theories
Macrosociological Theories
Microsociological Theories
Critical Theories
Conclusion Integrated Theories Developmental Theories and Beyond
Name Index
Subject Index

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Robert M. Bohm is a professor of criminal justice and legal studies at the University of Central Florida. He has published numerous books, book chapters, and journal articles in the areas of criminal justice and criminology. In addition to A PRIMER ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY THEORY, his books include INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 6th Edition; A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE; DEATHQUEST III: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, 3rd Edition; The DEATH PENALTY TODAY; AMERICA'S EXPERIMENT WITH CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: REFLECTIONS ON THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE ULTIMATE SANCTION, 2nd Edition; THE DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA: CURRENT RESEARCH; and DEMYSTIFYING CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Professor Bohm was president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences from 1992 to 1993. In 1989, the Southern Criminal Justice Association selected him as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; in 2001, he was presented with the Founder's Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; and, in 2008, he received the Bruce Smith, Sr., Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Brenda L. Vogel is associate professor of criminal justice at California State University, Long Beach. She earned her doctorate in social ecology with an emphasis in criminology, law and society in 1996 from the University of California, Irvine. She has published in the areas of perception of crime seriousness, public opinion of hate- motivated violence, attitudes toward the death penalty, school violence, community perceptions of law enforcement, and the intersection of law, morality and behavior. Her teaching interests include statistics, criminological theory, and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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