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Introduction to Criminology

Introduction to Criminology
Why Do They Do It?

Fourth Edition

Other Titles in:
Criminology (General)

October 2023 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It? offers a contemporary and integrated discussion of key criminological theories to help students understand crime in the 21st century. Focusing on why offenders commit crimes, authors Pamela J. Schram, Joseph A. Schwartz, and Stephen G. Tibbetts apply established theories to real-life examples to explain criminal behavior. Coverage of violent and property crimes is included throughout theory chapters so that students can clearly understand the application of theory to criminal behavior. Updates to the Fourth Edition include recent major social events, such as the George Floyd protests; changes in crime trends and criminal behavior as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; updated crime statistics, case studies, as well as contemporary topics, such as mass shooting events and the legalization of marijuana use.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Criminology
Chapter 2: Measuring Crime
Chapter 3: The Classical School of Criminological Thought
Chapter 4: Contemporary Classical and Deterrence Research
Chapter 5: Early Positivism: Biological Theories of Crime
Chapter 6: Modern Biosocial Perspectives of Criminal Behavior
Chapter 7: Psychological/Trait Theories of Crime
Chapter 8: Social Structure Theories of Crime I: Early Development and Strain Models of Crime
Chapter 9: Social Structure Theories of Crime II: Social Disorganization and Subcultures
Chapter 10: Social Process and Control Theories of Crime
Chapter 11: Labeling Theory and Conflict/Marxist/Radical Theories of Crime
Chapter 12: Feminist Theories of Crime
Chapter 13: Developmental/Life-Course Perspectives on Criminality
Chapter 14: White-Collar Crime, Organized Crime, and Cybercrime
Chapter 15: Hate Crimes, Mass Murder, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Chapter 16: Drugs and Crime


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