Synopses & Reviews
Criminological Theory: Past to Present--Essential Readings, Fourth Edition, offers the most comprehensive overview of classic and contemporary theories of crime.
Edited by leading scholars Francis T. Cullen and Robert Agnew, it presents a wide range of readings, including original theory pieces. A brief yet detailed introduction frames each Part (and each reading), providing students with a "road map" as they explore the ongoing intellectual developments, diverse views, and continuing debates in the field of criminological theory.
Building on the success of the third edition, the thoroughly updated and revised fourth edition includes:
* Eight new readings (each with its own introduction)
* Two new Parts (each with its own introduction): "Theories of White-Collar Crime" and "Putting Theory to Work: Guiding Crime Control Policy"
* For adopting instructors: A new Instructor's Manual on CD, featuring a Test Bank with multiple-choice and essay questions, learning objectives, key words, discussion topics and exercises, and PowerPoint lecture slides
Comprehensive enough for graduate students yet accessible enough for undergraduate students, Criminological Theory: Past to Present--Essential Readings, Fourth Edition, remains a solid introduction to the foundations of criminology--and to the competing theories that will shape thinking about crime in the years ahead.
"This book is great. The students love it, the theoretical coverage is what you would expect from scholars like Francis T. Cullen and Robert Agnew, and the section introductions by the authors place these works in a broader context that is by far clearer than anything else on the market."--Travis Pratt, Arizona State University
"The coverage is very comprehensive--in particular, the section on Feminist Theories provides some of the broadest coverage of the topic that I've seen in a criminological theory book. . . . I find it to be an exceptional resource for offering students the classic readings in each tradition."--Leana A. Bouffard, Washington State University
"This is the only theoretical book that actually includes writings from/by the original theorists--I feel it is very important that students read what the theorists wrote (not what someone else says that they wrote). . . . I think the authors do a wonderful job of introducing each section, as well as each separate theory. I will re-adopt."--Lisa R. Muftic, University of North Texas
"Cullen and Agnew's text is an outstanding introduction to the basic theoretical perspectives in criminology. Its strengths include comprehensive coverage of original theoretical contributions and the editors' highly readable and knowledgeable chapter introductions. It is an essential reference that belongs on the shelf of every working criminologist"--Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri at St. Louis
In this comprehensive anthology, Francis Cullen and Robert Agnew take readers on an excursion from past to present, reviewing classic and contemporary theories of crime. Students are introduced to the foundations of criminology and to the competing theories that will shape thinking about crime in the years ahead.
Building on the success of the second edition, the third edition features nine new selections and adds two new parts: "Conservative Criminology" and "Environmental Criminology." The third edition also begins with a unique "Guide for Readers"--an essay that helps students understand both the structure of criminological theory and how to use the book's readings most effectively.
A brief introduction precedes each individual reading, alerting readers to key points and integrating the selection into the larger theme of the section. These introductions serve as a useful "road map" as students explore the ongoing intellectual developments, diverse views, and continuing debates that make the study of criminological theory an exciting adventure.
About the Author
Francis T. Cullen
is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in Sociology. He has published more than 200 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, white-collar crime, public opinion, and the measurement of sexual victimization. Professor Cullen has also served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and of the American Society of Criminology.
Robert Agnew is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. He is noted for his development of "general strain theory," a perspective that has attracted considerable theoretical and empirical attention. In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He also was elected to serve as an Executive Counselor of ASC and as President of the Georgia Sociological Association.
Table of Contents
* New to the Fourth Edition
A brief introduction opens each Section. An introduction also precedes each individual reading.