For courses in Introduction to Criminology and Crime and Society.
Taking a sociological perspective, this book offers award-winning coverage of criminology and highlights issues of race, ethnicity, gender and social class throughout. Designed in a four-color format, this edition includes a new chapter on classical and neoclassical theories, over 160 recent references and unique chapters on political crime and public opinion, crime and the media. Moving beyond simple "get tough" approaches, the book emphasizes the need to understand social causes of criminal behavior in order to significantly reduce it.
PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING CRIME AND VICTIMIZATION 1. Criminology and the Sociological Perspective 2. Public Opinion, the New Media, and the Crime Problem 3. The Measurement and Patterning of Criminal Behavior 4. Victims and Victimization PART TWO: EXPLAINING CRIME 5. Classical and Neoclassical Perspectives 6. Biological and Psychological Explanations 7. Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Structure 8. Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Process 9. Sociological Theories: Critical Perspectives PART THREE: CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS 10. Violent Crime: Homicide, Assault, and Robbery 11. Violence Against Women 12. Property and Crime Fraud 13. White-Collar and Organized Crime 14. Political Crime 15. Consensual Crime PART FOUR: CONTROLLING AND PREVENTING CRIME 18. Conclusion: How Can We Reduce Crime?