Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory

By: Francis T. Cullen (editor), Pamela K. Wilcox (editor)Hardback

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"Consistently excellent...The level and coverage of the content make this an invaluable reference for students studying criminology or taking criminal psychology modules at degree level and beyond". (Adam Tocock, "Reference Reviews"). In discussing a criminology topic, lecturers and course textbooks often toss out names of theorists or make a sideways reference to a particular theory and move on, as if assuming their student audience possesses the necessary background to appreciate and integrate the reference. However, university reference librarians can tell you this is often far from the case. Students often approach them seeking a source to provide a quick overview of a particular theory or theorist with just the basics - the who, what, where, how and why, if you will. And reference librarians often find it difficult to guide these students to a quick, one-stop source. In response, "SAGE Reference" is publishing the two-volume "Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory", available in both print and electronic formats. This serves as a reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary criminological theory. Drawing together a team of international scholars, it examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them, presenting them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, it also offers essays on cutting-edge research as one might find in a handbook. And, like an unabridged dictionary, it provides concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures. Coverage will include: contexts and concepts in criminological theory the social construction of crime policy implications of theory diversity and intercultural contexts conflict theory rational choice theories conservative criminology feminist theory.

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Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds an appointment as Senior Research Associate. He received a Ph.D. (1979) in sociology and education from Columbia University. Professor Cullen has published more than 300 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, white-collar crime, public opinion, and the measurement of sexual victimization. He is author of Rethinking Crime and Deviance Theory: The Emergence of a Structuring Tradition and is coauthor of Reaffirming Rehabilitation, Corporate Crime Under Attack: The Ford Pinto Case and Beyond, Criminology, Combating Corporate Crime: Local Prosecutors at Work, Unsafe in the Ivory Tower: The Sexual Victimization of College Women, Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences, and Environmental Corrections: A New Paradigm for Supervising Offenders in the Community. He also is coeditor of Criminological Theory: Past to Present-Essential Readings, Taking Stock: The Status of Criminological Theory, The Origins of American Criminology, the Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory, The American Prison: Imagining a Different Future, Challenging Criminological Theory: The Legacy of Ruth Rosner Kornhauser, and Sisters in Crime Revisited: Bringing Gender into Criminology. Professor Cullen is a Past President of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2010, he received the ASC Edwin H. Sutherland Award. Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Justice at the University of Cincinnati. She received her Ph.D. (1994) in Sociology at Duke University. She has published numerous works aimed at developing and testing theories of crime, victimization, and crime prevention. For instance, she is co-author of Criminal Circumstance: A Dynamic Multicontextual Criminal Opportunity Theory (2003). Her articles have appeared in a number of sociological, criminological, and multi-disciplinary journals, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, and Violence & Victims. 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. Professor Wilcox serves on editorial boards for the top scholarly journals in the areas of criminology and criminal justice, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and Victims and Offenders. She previously served as Deputy Editor of Justice Quarterly.

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  • publication date: 09/11/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781412959186
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1240
  • ID: 9781412959186
  • weight: 3860
  • ISBN10: 1412959187

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