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NCJ Number: 159627 Find in a Library
Title: Legacy of Anomie Theory: Advances in Criminological Theory, Volume 6
Editor(s): F Adler; W S Laufer
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 436
Sponsoring Agency: Transaction Publishers
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56000-125-9
Sale Source: Transaction Publishers
Rutgers-the State University
140 West Ethel Road
Units L-M
Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume demonstrates a resurgent interest in anomie- strain theory which began in the mid-1980's and continues unabated into the 1990's; contributors focus on empirical research and discuss the anomie theory's continuing usefulness in explaining crime and delinquency.
Abstract: The volume describes the relevance of Merton's concept of goals/means disparity as a psychological mechanism in the explanation of delinquency and compares strain theory with social control theory. A macrosociological theoretical formulation is used to address the association between societal development and crime rates. In other chapters, anomie theory is employed to explain white collar crime and to look at the symbiotic relationship between Chinese gangs and adult criminal organizations within the cultural, economic, and political context of the American-Chinese community. Contributors also examine ethics and crime in business, as well as social reaction and secondary deviance in culture and society in the United States and Japan, and apply a theory of multiple control to analyze discrepancies in the control of elite and lower status deviance. References, notes, footnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology theory evaluation
Index Term(s): Asian gangs; Crime causes theory; Crime in foreign countries; Deviance; Japan; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Psychological research; Psychological theories; Social control theory; Society-crime relationships; Sociological analyses; Strain theory; US/foreign comparisons; White collar crime
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