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Criminological Theories

Introduction, Evaluation, and Application

Sixth Edition

Ronald L. Akers and Christine S. Sellers

Publication Date - October 2012

ISBN: 9780199844487

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

Retail Price to Students: $76.95

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


With a focus on empirical evaluation and practical application, Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application, Sixth Edition, helps students draw connections between criminological theory and practical applications.

In clear, engaging language, authors Ronald L. Akers and Christine S. Sellers explore each principal criminological theory using a three-part analysis:

* An Introduction presents a succinct exposition of the theory's central concepts, assertions, and hypotheses.
* Next, an Evaluation provides a detailed critique of the theory, with an emphasis on empirical validity.
* Finally, an Application extends the evaluation to determine each theory's relevance, as well as its potential for controlling and preventing crime and delinquency.

New to this Edition

  • All chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect changes in the development, testing, integration, and application of essential criminological theories
  • Social disorganization and anomie/strain theories have been reorganized and split into two chapters
  • Marxist theories and radical/critical criminology have been broken out into separate chapters

About the Author(s)

Ronald L. Akers is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Florida.

Christine S. Sellers is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2012
March 2008
January 2004


"Engaging and informative."--Kevin M. Beaver, Florida State University

"Extremely readable and accessible. It is one of the essential books on criminological theory and the first book that I suggest to someone wanting to become familiar with the broad realm of theories of crime and criminality."--Scott Vollum, James Madison University

"The authors do a great job of identifying the key theorists, assumptions, state of research, and policy/programmatic uses for each theory."--David Mackey, Plymouth State University

Table of Contents

    Preface to the Sixth Edition
    1. Introduction to Criminological Theory
    2. Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories
    3. Biological and Biosocial Theories
    4. Psychological Theories
    5. Social Learning Theory
    6. Social Bonding and Control Theories
    7. Labeling and Reintegrative Shaming Theory
    8. Social Disorganization Theory: Social Structure, Communities, and Crime
    9. Anomie and Strain Theories
    10. Conflict Theory
    11. Marxist Theories
    12. Radical and Critical Theories
    13. Feminist Theories
    14. Integrating Criminological Theories
    Author Index
    Subject Index

Teaching Resources


* Test Bank available for adopting instructors (978-0-19-986176-7)

* Companion Website with a Student Study Guide (www.oup.com/us/akers)