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Criminological Theory: Past to Present--Essential Readings is a comprehensive reader that exposes students to both classic and contemporary theories of crime. Editors Francis T. Cullen, Robert Agnew, and Pamela Wilcox provide accessible yet detailed introductions, preparing students for what they are about to read and placing each selection in context. The fifth edition includes a new Part XIV, entitled "Paying Attention to Race: Theoretical Developments," and new readings covering biology and crime, defensible space, decision-making by criminals, environmental corrections, and the relationship between race, racism, and crime.

About the Author

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in sociology. He received his 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. His recent books include The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, Reaffirming Rehabilitation (30th Anniversary Edition), The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, and Correctional Theory: Context and Consequences. Professor Cullen has served on the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Attorney General. He is a Past President of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he was honored with the American Society of Criminology's Edwin H. Sutherland Award.

Robert Agnew is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. He is noted for his development of "general strain theory," a perspective that has attracted considerable theoretical and empirical attention. His publications include Pressured Into Crime: An Overview of General Strain Theory, Toward a Unified Criminology: Integrating Assumption about Crime, People, and Society, Why Do Criminals Offend? A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency, Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (now in its fourth edition), and The Future of Anomie Theory. Professor Agnew. In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and then elected to serve as ASC's President. He also is a Past President of the Georgia Sociological Association.

Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. (1994) in sociology from Duke University. She has published numerous works aimed at developing and testing theories of crime, victimization, and crime prevention. She has also been Co-Investigator on several federally-funded grants aimed at collecting longitudinal and contextual data on such things as school-based offending and victimization, student fear of crime and perceptions of safety, and bar-related violence. Her publications include Criminal Circumstance: A Dynamic, Multicontextual Criminal Opportunity Theory¸ The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, and Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser. Professor Wilcox has served as Deputy Editor of Justice Quarterly and as a Counselor on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Criminological Theory: A Guide for Readers

Francis T. Cullen, Robert Agnew, and Pamela Wilcox



Part I The Origins of Modern Criminology

1. An Essay on Crimes and Punishments

Cesare Beccaria

2. The Criminal Man

Cesare Lombroso

Part II Biosocial and Traits Theories of Crime

3. Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency

Sheldon Glueck and Eleanor Glueck

4. Gene-Based Evolutionary Theories in Criminology

Lee Ellis and Anthony Walsh

5. Biology and Crime

Melissa Peskin, Yu Gao, Andrea L. Glenn, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Yaling Yang, and

Adrian Raine

6. Personality and Crime: Are Some People More Crime Prone?

Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt Phil A. Silva, Magda Stouthamer-Loeber,

Robert F. Krueger, and Pamela S. Schmutte



Part III The Chicago School: The City, Social Disorganization,

and Crime -

7. Juvenile Delinquency and Urban Areas

Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay

8. A Theory of Race, Crime, and Urban Inequality

Robert J. Sampson and William Julius Wilson

9. Collective Efficacy and Crime

Robert J. Sampson, Stephen W. Raudenbush, and Felton Earls

Part IV Learning to Be a Criminal: Differential Association,

Subcultural, and Social Learning Theories

10. A Theory of Differential Association

Edwin H. Sutherland and Donald R. Cressey

11. A Social Learning Theory of Crime

Ronald L. Akers

12. Code of the Street

Elijah Anderson

Part V Anomie/Strain Theories of Crime

13. Social Structure and Anomie

Robert K. Merton

14. Delinquent Boys: The Culture of the Gang

Albert K. Cohen

15. Crime and the American Dream

Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner

16. Pressured into Crime: General Strain Theory

Robert S. Agnew

Part VI Varieties of Control Theory

17. Techniques of Neutralization

Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza

18. Social Bond Theory

Travis Hirschi

19. A General Theory of Crime

Michael R. Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi



Part VII Labeling, Interaction, and Crime: Societal Reaction

and the Creation of Criminals

20. Primary and Secondary Deviance

Edwin M. Lemert

21. Crime, Shame, and Reintegration

John Braithwaite

22. Defiance Theory

Lawrence W. Sherman

Part VIII Critical Criminology: Power, Peace, and Crime

23. Criminality and Economic Conditions

Willem Bonger

24. Crime in a Market Society

Elliott Currie

25. Crime and Coercion

Mark Colvin

Part IX Feminist Theories: Gender, Power, and Crime

26. Sisters in Crime

Freda Adler

27. A Feminist Theory of Female Delinquency

Meda Chesney-Lind

28. Masculinities and Crime

James W. Messerschmidt

29. Toward a Gendered Theory of Female Offending

Darrell J. Steffensmeier and Emile Allan

Part X Theories of White-Collar Crime

30: White-Collar Criminality

Edwin H. Sutherland

31. Denying the Guilty Mind

Michael L. Benson

32. Choosing White-Collar Crime

Neal Shover and Andy Hochstedler



Part XI Reviving Classical Theory: Deterrence and Rational Choice

33. Reconceptualizing Deterrence Theory

Mark C. Stafford and Mark Warr

34. Crime as Rational Choice

Derek B. Cornish and Ronald V. Clarke

35. Armed Robbers in Action

Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker

Part XII Environmental Criminology

36. Routine Activity Theory

Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson

37. Situational Crime Prevention

Ronald V. Clarke

38. Defensible Space

Oscar Newman

39. Broken Windows

James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling



Part XIII Developmental Theories: Crime and the Life Course

40. Pathways in the Life Course to Crime

Terrie E. Moffitt

41. A Theory of Persistent Offending and Desistance from Crime

John H. Laub and Robert J. Sampson

42. Cognitive Transformation and Desistance from Crime

Peggy C. Giordano, Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Jennifer L. Rudolph

Part XIV Paying Attention to Race: Theoretical Developments

43. Getting Played

Jody Miller

44. A Theory of African American Offending

James D. Unnever and Shawn L. Gabbidon

Part XV Pulling It All Together: Integrated Theories of Crime

45. Toward an Interactional Theory of Delinquency

Terance P. Thornberry

46. Social Support and Crime

Francis T. Cullen

47. Why Criminals Offend: A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency

Robert Agnew

Part XVI Putting Theory to Work: Guiding Crime Control Policy

48. Imprisoning Communities

Todd R. Clear

49. Environmental Corrections

Francis T. Cullen, John E. Eck, and Christopher T. Lowenkamp

50. Saving Children from a Life of Crime

David Farrington and Brandon C. Welsh

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Cullen, Francis T.
Oxford University Press, USA
Agnew, Robert
Wilcox, Pamela
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