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Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Two Volume Set
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July 2012 | 1 240 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
'Consistently excellent.... The level and coverage of the content make this an invaluable reference for students studying criminology or taking criminal psychology modules at degree level and beyond' - Adam Tocock, Reference Reviews

In discussing a criminology topic, lecturers and course textbooks often toss out names of theorists or make a sideways reference to a particular theory and move on, as if assuming their student audience possesses the necessary background to appreciate and integrate the reference. However, university reference librarians can tell you this is often far from the case. Students often approach them seeking a source to provide a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist with just the basics - the who, what, where, how and why, if you will. And reference librarians often find it difficult to guide these students to a quick, one-stop source. In response, SAGE Reference is publishing the two-volume Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, available in both print and electronic formats.

This serves 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 the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, it also offers essays on cutting-edge research as one might find in a handbook. And, like an unabridged dictionary, it provides concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures.

Coverage will 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.

"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."

Library Journal

Francis T. Cullen

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Associate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in sociology. He received a Ph.D. (1979) in sociology and education from Columbia University. Professor Cullen has published over 300 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, white-collar crime, public opinion, and the measurement of sexual victimization. He is author of Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory: The Emergence of a Structuring Tradition and is coauthor of Reaffirming Rehabilitation, Corporate Crime Under Attack:... More About Author

Pamela K. Wilcox

Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. (1994) in Sociology at Duke University.  She has published numerous works aimed at developing and testing theories of crime, victimization, and crime prevention.  For instance, she is co-author of Criminal Circumstance: A Dynamic Multicontextual Criminal Opportunity Theory (2003).  Her articles have appeared in a number of sociological, criminological, and multi-disciplinary journals, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412959186

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