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Criminological Theories, Second Edition
Understanding Crime in America

Author(s): James F. Anderson, PhD, East Carolina University
  • ISBN-13: 9781449681876
  • Paperback    268 pages      © 2015
Price: $100.95 US List
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An Accessible, Theory-Based Approach to Criminology

Designed for undergraduate criminology and criminological theory courses, Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America, Second Edition explores crime, crime theory, and various forms of criminal behavior within the United States. It focuses exclusively on theory, avoiding superfluous discussion of the criminal justice system. Students will come away from the text with plausible explanations of crime causation, a greater appreciation of criminological theory, and the ability to think critically about the social reality of crime. Current and highly relevant, the text includes coverage of new developments in the field of criminology, including cultural, integrative, life-course, and green criminological theories.

Student-friendly but comprehensive, Criminological Theories presents the most current crime statistics and research findings with contemporary examples of reported crime. Every chapter in this thought-provoking text opens with an outline and concludes with critical-thinking questions to ensure concept retention and student comprehension. Accessible and thorough, Criminological Theories: Understanding Crime in America, Second Edition is an essential resource for students to understand the motivation of criminal behavior.

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Features & Benefits

  • Offers a strictly theoretical approach to criminology that is suitable for undergraduate courses
  • Provides students with the practical utility of theory and how they can apply it in their chosen criminal justice or criminological occupation
  • Includes current and updated statistics and contemporary examples of crimes reported in the media with clear explanation of the applied criminological theory
  • Accompanied by a full suite of instructor resources, including Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint format and Test Bank

Applicable Courses

This text is intended for all criminology courses, most specifically criminological theory courses.  It focuses strictly on theory while avoiding dicussions of  the criminal justice system.

Chapter 1  What is Theory?
Chapter 2  Measuring the Extent of Crime
Chapter 3  Crime Victimizations
Chapter 4  The Classical School of Thought
Chapter 5  Trait Theories
Chapter 6  Social Structure Theories: Emphasis on the Social Structure
Chapter 7  Social Processing Theories: Emphasis on Socialization
Chapter 8  Conflict Theories
Chapter 9  The Future of Criminological Theory

James F. Anderson, PhD-East Carolina University

Dr. James F. Anderson has over 16 years of experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. He received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The George J. Beto College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University and a Masters’ in Criminology from Alabama State University. Prior to coming to ECU, he was Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri–Kansas City in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Criminology and Anthropology. He was also a Graduate (Doctoral) Research Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in Washington, D.C. and tenured as an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Police Studies.

Dr. Anderson has several publications in the area of criminal justice and criminological related issues. His scholarship appears in books, book chapters, and scholarly articles in journals such as the Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice, Contemporary Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Studies, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Contemporary Law and Justice Journal, Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology and others.

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ISBN-13: 9781449681876

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