Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 April 2011

384 Pages

6-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches

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
  • 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