An Introduction to Crime and Crime Causation is a student-friendly textbook that defines and explains the concepts of crime, criminal law, and criminology. Ideal for a one-semester course, the book compares and contrasts early criminal behavior and today’s modern forms of crime. It also explores society’s responses to criminal behavior in the past and in the present day. It covers both major and lesser-known crime causation theories and their impact on society.
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Each chapter begins with a set of objectives and concludes with a summary. Interactive questions promote classroom discussion and practicum sections facilitate contextual learning. Drawn from different and distinct backgrounds, the authors each have unique perspectives on crime, making for a particularly well-rounded text that explores crime from several angles. The book attempts to educate readers in the development of new insights on crime and crime causation and provides a greater understanding of the steps that need to be taken before a significant reduction in crime can occur.
An Introduction to Concepts Involving Crime and Crime Causation
The Concept of Crime
Early Development of Crime Causation Theories
Biological and Psychological Approaches to Crime Causation
Social Structures as a Cause of Crime
Social Process as a Cause of Crime
Theories of Critical Criminology
American System of Justice
Criminal Activity: Types, Severity, and Social Impact
Government- and Business-Related Crimes
Drugs and the Justice System
Changing Nature of Crime and Crime Causation