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An introduction to criminological theory, 3d ed.


An introduction to criminological theory, 3d ed.

Burke, Roger Hopkins.

Willan Publishing


411 pages




Written in accessible language, this interdisciplinary core text for undergraduate and graduate students in criminology recognizes the value of legal, biological, psychological, and sociological explanations of crime and criminal behavior. Theories are placed in the socio-political context in which they arose, and the whole text is located in the context of contemporary debates about modernity and postmodernity. The first three parts of the book address ideal type models of criminal behavior: the rational actor, predestined actor, and victimized actor models. Various criminological theories are located chronologically in the context of one of these different traditions, and the strengths and weaknesses of each theory and model are identified. The fourth part of the book looks at more recent attempts to integrate theoretical elements from both within and across models of criminal behavior. The fifth part, new to this edition, contains four completely new chapters on crime and the postmodern condition, cultural criminology, globalization and the risk society, and radical communitarian criminology. Burke is criminology subject leader in the Division of Criminology, Public Health and Policy Studies at Nottingham Trent University. The book is distributed in the US by ISBS.

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