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Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach, Second Edition

Author(s): Matt DeLisi, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
Kevin M. Beaver, Assistant Professor, Florida State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Tallahassee, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9781449681517
  • Paperback    334 pages      © 2014
Price: $119.95 US List
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A Fully Updated Second Edition of a Groundbreaking Text

The only textbook of its kind, Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach, Second Edition includes original chapters written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts. The unique collection of contributors comes from the fields of psychology, social work, epidemiology, criminology, psychiatry, and sociology. Unlike other criminology textbooks, which focus exclusively on environmental and social correlates to criminal behavior, Criminological Theory uses a multi-disciplinary approach that synthesizes multiple factors and presents a more comprehensive picture of life-course antisocial behavior.

Rather than concentrating exclusively on adolescence and adulthood, Criminological Theory examines the development of offending behaviors from birth through death. Each chapter incorporates a glossary of key terms to facilitate comprehension of topics and disciplines that might be unfamiliar to criminologists. The revised and updated second edition includes critical overviews of current research and presents avenues for future research, as well as empirical chapters featuring quantitative analyses and more traditional overview pieces. Innovative and groundbreaking, Criminological Theory: A Life-Course Approach, Second Edition is an essential text for students of criminology, criminal justice, and sociology.

Features & Benefits

  • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective covering psychology, social work, epidemiology, criminology, psychiatry, and sociology
  • Contains all-new chapters on intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior; public policy; race, ethnicity, and juvenile offense;  media violence; and gangs and antisocial behavior
  • Offers contributions from internationally recognized criminologists with diverse research and/or practitioner expertise
  • Includes comprehensive keywords and glossary for each chapter
  • Provides readers with an accessible but rigorous approach to multidisciplinary topics
  • Instructor support materials include PowerPoint Lecture Outlines and Test Bank
Part  One  Aggression (Prenatal and Childhood)
  Chapter  1  Biosocial Bases of Antisocial Behavior
  Chapter  2  Prenatal and Perinatal Predictors of Antisocial Behavior: Review of Research and Interventions
  Chapter  3  Prenatal Insults and the Development of Persistent Criminal Behavior
  Chapter  4  Developmental Neurobiology from Embryonic Neuron Migration to Adolescent Synaptic Pruning: Relevance for Antisocial Behavior
  Chapter  5  The Intergenerational Transmission of Antisocial Behavior: Parents, Genes, and Unsettling Realities
  Chapter  6  The Impact of Biosocial Criminology on Public Policy: Where Should We Go From Here?
  Chapter  7  The Heritability of Common Risk and Protective Factors to Crime and Delinquency
Part  Two  Delinquency (Adolescence and Early Adulthood)
  Chapter  8  General Strain Theory and Offending over the Life Course
  Chapter  9  Race, Ethnicity, Juvenile Offending, and Justice Court Responses
  Chapter  10  Media Violence and the Development of Aggressive Behavior
  Chapter  11  Substance Use Careers and Antisocial Behavior: A Biosocial Life-Course Perspective
  Chapter  12  Developmental Trajectories of Exposure to Violence
  Chapter  13  A Partial Test of Social Structure Social Learning: Neighborhood Disadvantage, Differential Association with Delinquent Peers, and Delinquency
  Chapter  14  Timing Is Everything: Gangs, Gang Violence, and the Life Course
  Chapter  15  Gangs and Antisocial Behavior: A Critique and Reformulation
Part  Three  Crime (Adulthood)
  Chapter  16  Developmental and Life-­Course Criminology: Theories and Policy Implications
  Chapter  17  Self-­Control Theory and Antisocial ­Behavior
  Chapter  18  Serial Crime: Psychology of Behavioral Consistency and Applications to Linking
  Chapter  19  Symbolic Interactionism and Crime in the Life Course
  Chapter  20  A “Good Lives” Approach to ­Rehabilitation
  Chapter  21  Never­-Desisters: A Descriptive Study of the Life­Course– Persistent Offender
  Chapter  22  Evolutionary Psychological Perspectives on Men’s Partner-­Directed Violence

Matt DeLisi, PhD-Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi, Ph.D. is Professor and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies and Affiliate with the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi is one of the most prolific and highly-cited criminologists in the world and is the author of nearly 400 scholarly publications mostly in the areas of pathological criminality, psychopathy, self-control, offender/inmate behavior, corrections, and the genetics of antisocial behavior. In 2012, Dr. DeLisi received the prestigious Fellow Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has provided expert services and consulted on capital murder and multiple-homicide offender cases in multiple federal and state jurisdictions. Professor DeLisi has provided testimony to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and consulted on criminal justice policy to a variety of federal stakeholders including the United States Attorney General, United States Probation and Pretrial Services, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others.

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Kevin M. Beaver-Assistant Professor, Florida State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Tallahassee, Florida

Kevin M. Beaver is Assistant Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. He has received a number of awards in recognition of his scholarship, including the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship and the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Conle Shavan Young Scholar Award. His research examines the interplay between biological and environmental factors in the development of antisocial phenotypes. He has published articles in a wide array of criminology, genetic, and public health journals and he is author of Biosocial Criminology: A Primer (Kendall/Hunt, 2009) and co-editor of Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research (Routledge, 2009).    

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