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Explaining Crime and Its Context

This highly acclaimed criminology text presents an up-to-date review of rational choice theories, including deterrence, shaming and routine activities. It also incorporates current examples of deterrence research regarding domestic violence, drunk driving and capital punishment, and features thought-provoking discussion of the relativity of crime. The authors explore the crime problem, its context, and causes of crime.

The organization of the text reflects the fact that the etiology of crime must be at the heart of criminology. It examines contemporary efforts to redefine crime by focusing on family violence, hate crimes, white-collar misconduct with violent consequences, and other forms of human behavior often neglected by criminologists.

Extensive discussion of evolving laws are included, and while the prevalence of the scientific method in the field of criminology is highlighted, the impact of ideology on explanations of crime is the cornerstone of the book.


Students in the criminal justice field.


Published: March 2010

Imprint: Anderson Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4224-6332-1


  • Part I: Foundations for Criminology

    1. Crime and Criminology

    2. The Relativity of Law and Crime

    3. Production of Crime Statistics

    4. Distribution of Crime

    Part II: Theories of Crime

    5. Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories of Crime

    6. Individual Theories of Crime: Biological and Psychological Perspectives

    7. Social Structure Theories of Crime

    8. Social Process Theories of Crime

    9. Social Reaction Theories of Crime

    10. Recent Developments in Criminological Theory

    Part III: Types of Crime

    11. Violent Crime

    12. Economic Crime

    13. Crimes without Victims and Victims without Crimes


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