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Published: 03 March 2011

424 Pages


ISBN: 9780199569830

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Understanding Deviance

A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and Rule-Breaking

Sixth Edition

David Downes and Paul Rock

  • Authored by two distinguished criminologists who have written extensively on the theories that underpin much of current criminological thinking
  • A detailed account of the major sociological theories of crime and deviance covering their development, recent research, and varying perspectives on their explanation of criminality
  • Introduces key debates chronologically and deals admirably with the complexity of these, challenging readers to question assumptions and explore new avenues of scholarship
  • An extensive bibliography provides readers with references not only the criminology classics, but also texts that are less well known and that reflect the authors' encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject

New to this Edition:

  • Discussion of new studies in the areas of gang delinquency and subcultural theory, including some intense debates around the legacy of past theorising in the field
  • Further commentary on post-modernism and the 'risk society'
  • Assessment of how the different approaches address the lengthy fall in the crime rate across most democratic and developed societies

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