This book provides a concise but comprehensive review of the full range of classic and contemporary theories of crime. With separate chapters on the nature and use of criminological theory as well as theoretical application, the authors render the difficult task of explaining crime more understandable to the introductory student. All of the main theories in criminology are reviewed including classical and rational choice, biological, psychological, and evolutionary, social structural, social process, critical, general, and integrated approaches. Copious examples of the spirit of the theories are supplied, many with a popular culture (e.g., film and music) connection.
Hugh D. Barlow is professor emeritus of Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. David Kauzlarich is professor and chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Chapter 1 The Basics of Criminological Theory Chapter 2 Classical, Rational Choice, and Opportunity Theories Chapter 3 Biological, Psychological, and Evolutionary Theories Chapter 4 Social Structural Theories Chapter 5 Social Process Theories Chapter 6 Critical Theories Chapter 7 Integrated and General Theories Chapter 8 Epilogue: Tools for Using Criminological Theory