Designed for upper-level senior and graduate criminological theory courses, this text thoroughly examines the ideas and assumptions underlying each major theoretical perspective in criminology. It lays bare theorists' ideas about human nature, social structure, social order, concepts of law, crime and criminals, the logic of crime causation and the policies and criminal justice practices that follow from these premises. The book provides students with a clear critical, analytic overview of criminological theory that enable enformed evaluative comparisons among different theorists.
Werner J. Einstadter is professor emeritus of criminology and sociology at Eastern Michigan University. He has published works on robbery, critical theory, privacy and corrections. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Einstadter held a number of positions in correctional settings. Stuart Henry is a professor of criminology and Director of the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State University. Previously he was Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Wayne State University. His twenty two books include,Constitutive Criminology (with Dragan Milovanovic), and (with Mark Lanier) What is Crime? (2001),Essential Criminology(2004), andThe Essential Criminology Reader. He serves on the editorial boards ofTheoretical Criminology andCritical Criminology and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Integrative Studies.
Chapter 1 The Theoretical Framework Chapter 2 Demonological Theories: Pagan and Theological Ideas About Crime Chapter 3 Classical and Postclassical Rational Choice Theories Chapter 4 Individual Positivism I: Biological Theories Chapter 5 Individual Positivism II: Personality Theories Chapter 6 Sociological Positivism I: Social Ecology Theories Chapter 7 Sociological Positivism II: Strain and Subcultural Theories Chapter 8 Social Process Theories I: Learning, Bonding, and Social Control Chapter 9 Social Process Theories II: Interactionism, Labeling, and Social Constructionism Chapter 10 Critical Criminologies I: Conflict, Anarchist, and Marxist Theories Chapter 11 Critical Criminologies II: Feminist Theories Chapter 12 Critical Criminologies III: Postmodernist Theories Chapter 13 Fission or Fusion?