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For undergraduate courses in Introduction to Criminological Theory, Theories of Crime & Delinquency, Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Introduction to Criminology found in Departments of Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice.
This concise book, acclaimed by students as easy to read and understand, covers all the major sociological theories of crime, views the development of these theories, and shows the connections between them over time.
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This book was originally designed as a handbook for students -- undergraduates taking a course in criminological theory and graduate students who are preparing for comprehensive exams. The chapters are purposefully written with as little critique as possible (we think the students and the instructors can provide that...). The theory bibliographies at the end of each chapter are designed especially for graduate students and are as comprehensive as we could make them. It makes the most sense to use this book with the actual works.
Marilyn D. McShane Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Houston Downtown Ph.D. (1985) Sam Houston State University Specialization: Institutional and community corrections, child abuse, criminal justice system management, and criminological theory. Dr. McShane has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level and has served on a number of national criminal justice professional organization boards. She often serves as a reviewer for the National Institute for Justice. At Cal State, San Bernardino (tenured professor) she received the faculty Professional Development Award in 1994 and she was Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice (tenured professor) at Northern Arizona University. At Prairie View A&M, she was the senior founding professor of the Juvenile Justice Doctoral Program. Her current appointment is at the University of Houston Downtown as an endowed professor and institute director. Dr. McShane Professor McShane has a consistent record of publication and grantsmanship (more than 50 books and articles, and directed several grants). Her editorial work includes a series of dissertations with LFB Scholarly Publishing and a scholarly monograph series with Greenwood / Praeger. She co-edited the award-winning "Encyclopedia of American Prisons "and is currently co-editing the" Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice". Her most recent book is "Criminological Theory, "3rd Edition, coauthored with Frank P. Williams III.
Williams is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.
FRANK P. WILLIAMS III is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston, Downtown. He has taught for the past 30 years and was Chair at California State University, San Bernardino for nine years. He is the author of many books including Criminological Theory, now in its fourth edition, and Imagining Criminology.
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