Criminological Theories

In the Fifth Edition of Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application, Ronald L. Akers and Christine S. Sellers provide a concise but thorough review and appraisal of the leading theories of crime and criminal justice. Based on the widespread success of the first four editions, this landmark book keeps current with changes in the development, testing, integration, and application of important criminological theories. Each chapter has been updated and substantially revised in light of recent research and important changes in the theories. More extensive revision and updating have been done on psychological, social learning, social bonding and self-control, labeling, anomie and strain, and feminist theories. The last chapter is devoted to the topic of theoretical rivalry and integration, and it too has been substantially revised, including the addition of a table that provides an overview of all of the major theories of criminal and deviant behavior, and shows in which chapter the presentation and evaluation of the theory can be found.

Supplements available for this text include an Instructor"s Manual (ISBN 9780195369069) and a Student Study Guide, available as a download on this website at no charge.


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