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Vold's Theoretical Criminology

Sixth Edition

Sixth Edition

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


Vold's Theoretical Criminology, Sixth Edition, presents the most precise, up-to-date, and comprehensive overview of criminological theory available, building on the foundation of George B. Vold's Theoretical Criminology, which paved the way for a generation of criminological theorists.

Coupled with new, student-friendly features, the sixth edition includes expanded discussions of: empirical research within specific theories; the "biosocial" approach; theoretical explanations for gendered differences in crime; low self-control and the general theory of crime; Control Balance Theory; and General Strain Theory. In addition, the text covers such new topical areas as Lonnie Athens's Theory of "Violentization;" Agnew's General Theory; Zimbardo's "Lucifer Effect;" the Cambridge Youth Violence Study; and Coercion and Social Support. Offering improved pedagogy --including new key terms lists and end-of-chapter discussion questions--this new edition also presents additional material on policy implications.

1. Theory and Crime
2. Classical Criminology
3. Biological Factors and Criminal Behavior
4. Psychological Factors and Criminal Behavior
5. Crime and Poverty
6. Durkheim, Anomie, and Modernization
7. Neighborhoods and Crime
8. Strain Theories
9. Learning Theories
10. Control Theories
11. The Meaning of Crime
12. Conflict Criminology
13. Marxism and Postmodern Criminology
14. Gender and Crime
15. Developmental Theories
16. Integrated Theories
17. Assessing Criminology Theories

Thomas J. Bernard , Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, The Pennsylvania State University

Jeffrey B. Snipes , Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, San Francisco State University

Alexander L. Gerould , Full-time faculty member in the Criminal Justice Studies Department, San Francisco State University

Thomas J. Bernard is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Pennsylvania State University. Jeffrey B. Snipes is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University. Alexander L. Gerould is a full-time faculty member in the Criminal Justice Studies Department at San Francisco State University.

"When teaching criminology, I seek to provide sophisticated accounts of a wide range of theoretical perspectives coupled with a selection of the best empirical research on the key issues important to the field. Over the years, I continue to find that Theoretical Criminology is the book that best fits my teaching goals. It is an excellent teaching tool and its breadth and depth of coverage is unparalleled. I highly recommend this book for advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students."--John H. Laub, University of Maryland, College Park

"I have been impressed with the previous editions of this highly regarded textbook, and the new, updated edition continues that fine tradition. The reviews of theoretical approaches and associated research are consistently comprehensive, balanced, and highly readable. The book excels at two levels: it works well in the classroom, and it serves as a valuable resource for the professional criminologist."--Steven F. Messner, University at Albany, State University of New York

"Vold's Theoretical Criminology is the classic text on criminological theory, providing an exceptional overview of the development of crime theories and a comprehensive examination of every major theory, including the many theories developed in recent years. Further, the book makes a theoretical contribution itself, through its insightful discussion of crime theories. This is an excellent text for any course on criminological theory."--Robert Agnew, Emory University

"The sixth edition of Vold's Theoretical Criminology demonstrates why this text is among the most complete and important overviews of criminological theories for students and faculty alike. It is the book from which I learned about theories of crime as an undergraduate student; the book that I turned to for a more advanced understanding and dissection of criminological theory as a graduate student; the book I suggest all of my graduate students read in order to learn about theory; and it has continued to be a key reading throughout my career as a faculty member. While theories of crime undergo change, it is comforting to know that Vold's Theoretical Criminology remains a pillar of continuity in its treatment of the origins of crime."--Alex R. Piquero, University of Maryland, College Park