The purposes of this book are to review the basic concepts and principles of criminological theories and to evaluate their adequacy as explanations of criminal and deviant behavior and/or explanations of the criminal law and justice system. Although not exhaustive, the coverage of theories is comprehensive. Included in the text are all the major theories that have been and continue to be subjects of most theory-testing articles in the leading criminological journals, the main theories that are of interest in the history of criminology, and the principal newer theories that have received attention in the literature. The first goal in presenting each theory is to give a concise and clear exposition of its central concepts, assertions, and hypotheses. The second goal is to evaluate the theory. And the third goal is to extend this evaluation to the usefulness of each theory for guiding actions to control and prevent crime and delinquency.
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- 2017 Oxford University Press
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