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Introduction to criminology; a text/reader, 3d ed.


Introduction to criminology; a text/reader, 3d ed.

Walsh, Anthony and Craig Hemmens.



607 pages


Sage text/reader series in criminology and criminal justice


Walsh (criminology, Boise State U.) and Hemmens (criminal justice and criminology, Washington State U.) introduce undergraduate and graduate students to criminology with this textbook/reader that is meant to have more depth than a basic textbook. It contains previously published (and edited) articles and material introducing and contextualizing them. An introductory chapter outlines relevant themes, issues, and concepts, followed by sections on measuring crime and criminal behavior, early schools of criminology and modern counterparts, various theories (beginning with social structural theories, then social process, critical, psychosocial, biosocial, and developmental theories), and key crime topics. Updated, this edition includes recent theories, concepts, and research from sociology, psychology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and the neurosciences. The number of readings has been reduced to 33, with four new ones, and the victimology section has been placed earlier. There are new sections on gun violence and human trafficking, and graphs, tables, and statistics have been updated. It also connects sections on violent crime, property crime, serial killing, white-collar crime, and other topics to the theoretical sections.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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