Theories of Delinquency: An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behavior

Paperback | January 11, 2010

byDonald J. Shoemaker

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Theories of Delinquency is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical approaches towards understanding delinquent behavior. Donald Shoemaker aptly presents all major individualistic and sociological theories in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and criticalevaluations. Theories covered include biological and psychological explanations, anomie and social disorganization, differential association, drift theory, labeling theory, critical theories, and explanations of female delinquency. Now in its sixth edition, Theories of Delinquency containsup-to-date discussions based on current research throughout, extensive revisions to control theories, especially the general theory of crime, and expanded coverage of integrated and cutting-edge theories. Clearly written, consistently organized, and now thoroughly updated, Theories of Delinquencyremains essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of crime and delinquency.

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Theories of Delinquency is a comprehensive survey of the theoretical approaches towards understanding delinquent behavior. Donald Shoemaker aptly presents all major individualistic and sociological theories in a standard format with basic assumptions, important concepts, and criticalevaluations. Theories covered include biological and ...

Donald J. Shoemaker is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.91 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195374177

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Explanations of DelinquencyThe Problem of DelinquencyThe Issue of CausalityWhat Is a Theory?Verification of TheoriesThe Plan of This Book2. The Classical School: Issues of Choice and ReasoningHistorical OverviewRational Choice TheorySummary3. Biological and Biosocial ExplanationsHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsSomatotypes and DelinquencyInheritance and DelinquencyEmerging Trends in Biological Explanations of DelinquencySummary4. Psychological TheoriesHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsIntelligence and DelinquencyThe Psychiatric-Psychoanalytic ApproachGeneral Personality CharacteristicsSummary5. Social Disorganization and AnomieHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsSocial DisorganizationAnomie and Delinquency: Discontinuities in SocietySummary6. Lower-Class-Based Theories of DelinquencyHistorical Overview and Generic AssumptionsCohen and the Middle-Class Measuring RodCloward and Ohlin's Theory of Differential Opportunity StructureMiller's Theory of Lower-Class Culture and DelinquencySummary7. Interpersonal and Situational ExplanationsHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsDifferential AssociationDrift and DelinquencySummary8. Control TheoriesHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsPersonal ControlsSocial Controls-The Social BondA General Theory of CrimeSummary9. Labeling TheoryHistorical OverviewGeneric AssumptionsSummary10. The Radical Theory of DelinquencyHistorical OverviewBeyond "Radical" TheorySummary11. Female DelinquencyHistorical OverviewBasic Biological and Psychological ApproachesGender Roles and DelinquencyWomen's EmancipationEvaluationPower-Control TheoryFeminist Explanations of Female DelinquencySummary12. Delinquency Theory: An Integrative ApproachIntegrated Theories: Some Considerations and a Proposed ModelAuthor IndexSubject Index