A distinguished collection of readings representing the fundamental perspectives of criminology theory, this anthology presents original classics that are intelligible to undergraduates as well as graduates. Classic works from criminologists such as Cesare Beccaria, Jeremy Bentham, Cesare Lombroso, Clifford R. Shaw and Henry D. McKay, Thorsten Sellin, Edwin H. Sutherland, Ronald L. Akers, Robert K. Merton, Albert K. Cohen, Richard A. Cloward and Lloyd E. Ohlin, Walter B. Miller, Howard S. Becker, Edwin M. Lemert, Richard Quinney, Steven Spitzer, Austin T. Turk, Gresham M. Sykes and David Matza, Walter C. Reckless, Travis Hirschi, Lawrence E. Cohen and Marcus Felson, and Dorie Klein.

Key Features

  • The authors provide organization and context to a collection of writings from renowned and respected criminologists.
  • A brief criminologist profile precedes each presentation of a classic article written by that criminologist.


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About the authors

Frank Williams, III

Frank P. Williams III has taught at departments in five universities and has published a substantial number of articles, research monographs, government reports, and books. He has served as a department chair (Cal State, San Bernardino), Assistant Director for Research (Sam Houston State), and Coordinator of the Doctoral Program (Prairie View A&M), and directed numerous research projects. He has served on or been elected to the boards of national scholarly organizations, chaired a major division of a national organization, and chaired/served on numerous national/regional committees. He has been an editor or deputy/associate editor for several journals and publisher’s book and monograph series.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, California State University, San Bernardino

Marilyn McShane

Marilyn D. McShane is currently a professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston, Downtown. Over her career, she has taught in doctoral, masters and undergraduate programs, as well as served as a program director in the Texas Department of Corrections. She has also been a department chair and director of both academic centers and institutes, held office and served on a number of national criminal justice professional organization boards, and served as a reviewer of research proposals for the National Institute for Justice. She has a substantial number of publications and research and training grants and has been involved in editorial work for book series and journals for the past 20 years. Her publications include encyclopedias, several books, and numerous journal articles. Correctional issues, criminological theory, and management are among her academic interests.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Houston, Downtown