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Criminological Theories

Introduction, Evaluation, and Application

Eighth Edition

Ronald L. Akers, Christine S. Sellers, and Wesley G. Jennings

Publication Date - July 2020

ISBN: 9780190935252

464 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $79.99

A concise yet comprehensive review and appraisal of the leading theories of crime


In Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application, Eighth Edition, Ronald L. Akers, Christine S. Sellers, and Wesley G. Jennings 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 seven 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 biological and biosocial, psychological, social disorganization, and conflict theories.

New to this Edition

  • All chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated
  • Several chapters include new discussions of theoretically-informed, evidence-based programs and policies and related evaluations testing their effectiveness
  • Chapter 10: Conflict Theory has been expanded with an in-depth focus on racial disparity and bias in criminal justice decision-making

About the Author(s)

Ronald L. Akers is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida.

Christine S. Sellers is Professor and Director of the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University.

Wesley G. Jennings is Chair and Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Mississippi, and a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


"Criminological Theories is a solid text that covers a wide range of criminological theories, from early ideas about deviant behavior to current policy-relevant theories. It also emphasizes the evaluation of competing theories, which is beneficial for all students of criminology."--Robert Jenkot, Coastal Carolina University

"Criminological Theories provides an overview of the central tenets and history of major criminological theories and details the contemporary state of theory testing. It is an excellent, sophisticated resource."--David Mackey, Plymouth State University

"Criminological Theories allows students to pursue one theory at a time, culminating in the integration of the many theories."--Robert P. Engvall, Roger Williams University

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