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NCJ Number: 157140 Find in a Library
Title: Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context, Second Edition
Author(s): S E Brown; F-A Esbensen; G Geis; R C Hass; S M Gethmann
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 794
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87084-113-0; ISBN 0-87084-612-4
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because the social context of crime has changed significantly in recent years, this text examines various criminology theories and explores crime causes.
Abstract: In defining crime and criminology, the authors focus attention on three important issues: relativity of crime, prevalence of the scientific method in the field of criminology, and impact of ideology on explanations of crime and on crime policies. Crime and criminology are discussed, as well as criminal law, the criminal justice system, crime statistics, and crime distribution. The review of crime theories focuses on deterrence, biogenic and psychogenic, social structure, social process, and social reaction theories, and recent developments in criminological theory are noted. Specific crime types are evaluated, including violent crimes, economic crimes, and crimes without victims. Contemporary issues in criminology are addressed, such as political and environmental crimes. A workbook accompanying the main text includes a series of exercises to help students better understand the material. References, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology overview texts
Index Term(s): Corrections; Course materials; Courts; Crime Causes; Crime control theory; Criminal justice overview texts; Criminology theory evaluation; Police; Social change; Victims of Crime
Note: Text and Student Workbook
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