Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 November 2019

432 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190940515

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Vold's Theoretical Criminology

Eighth Edition

Jeffrey B. Snipes, Thomas J. Bernard, and Alexander L. Gerould

The standard text in the field, Vold's Theoretical Criminology is universally known by scholars in the discipline. Taking a largely historical approach, it discusses both classic and contemporary theories, presenting historical context, empirical research, and policy implications for each one. The book concludes with a critical assessment of the state of theory in criminology.

New to this Edition:

  • Offers expanded coverage of contemporary theories, including routine activities, developmental and life course, self-control, learning, and general strain theories
  • Adds new sections on such topics as epigenetics, the neoclassical school, social disorganization in rural areas, and green criminology
  • Contains real-life examples and discussions of policy implications throughout, demonstrating how theories are tied closely to policy and practice
  • Integrates the assessment of criminological theories (the former concluding chapter) with the introductory chapter on theory and crime
  • Includes a new, brief conclusion that examines the proliferation of theory in criminology, and assesses the policy relevance of the multitude of criminological theories
  • Provides a Test Bank, a new supplement for this edition

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