Explaining Crime and Its ContextBy
- Stephen Brown, Western Carolina University
- Finn-Aage Esbensen , University of Missouri-St. Louis
- Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine
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 is 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.
Paperback, 592 Pages
Published: August 2012
Imprint: Anderson Publishing
Part IFoundations for Criminology 1
1 Crime and Criminology2 The Relativity of Law and Crime
3 Production of Crime Statistics4 Distribution of Crime
Part IITheories of Crime 133
5 Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories of Crime6 Biosocial Theories of Crime [new chapter title]
7 Social Structure Theories of Crime8 Social Process Theories of Crime
9 Social Reaction Theories of Crime10 Recent Developments in Criminological Theory
Part IIITypes of Crime 389
11 Violent Crime12 Economic Crime
13 Crimes without Victims and Victims without CrimesName Index
Subject IndexAbout the Authors