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NCJ Number: 158498 Find in a Library
Title: Criminology Today
Author(s): F Schmalleger
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 552
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-291824-2
Sale Source: Prentice-Hall, Inc
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This textbook discusses theory and research findings regarding the nature and diversity of the crime problem today, crime causes theories, current trends and issues related to crime, and Federal anticrime initiatives and other social policies in response to crime.
Abstract: Individual chapters focus on the nature of criminology; the history and role of crime statistics; research methods and theory development in criminology; and classical, biological, psychological, sociological and social process perspectives on crime causes. Current political perspectives on crime are also examined, including law and social order perspectives, radical and critical criminology, and issues related to terrorism. Further chapters focus on white collar crime, organized crime, drug abuse, drug law offenses, computer-related crime, past anticrime initiatives, and recent Federal policy initiatives such as the Brady Law on gun control and three-strikes legislation. The final chapter considers future directions in criminology, including future crimes and policies, as well as rational choice theory, feminist theory, peacemaking criminology, realist criminology, and theory integration. Figures, photographs, discussion questions, chapter reference notes, glossary, and index
Main Term(s): Crime causes theory
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Crime Statistics; Criminal justice research; Research methods
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