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Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime

3rd Edition

By Shaun L. Gabbidon


284 pages

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Ideal for use in either crime theory or race and crime courses, this is the only text to look at the array of explanations for crime as they relate to racial and ethnic populations. Each chapter begins with a historical review of each theoretical perspective and how its original formulation and more recent derivatives account for racial/ethnic differences. The theoretical perspectives include those based on religion, biology, social disorganization/strain, subculture, labeling, conflict, social control, colonial, and feminism. The author considers which perspectives have shown the most promise in the area of race/ethnicity and crime.


I have assigned Shaun Gabbidon's Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime in my classes - and used it for my own research - since its first edition. This newest edition secures its place as an invaluable part of the criminological canon. It fills an important gap in the available volumes on race and crime by clearly, concisely, and comprehensively applying theory to this perennial topic. Students benefit from Gabbidon's accessible prose, and quickly grasp the importance of both theory and race in any discussion about crime and justice.

-Jonathon A. Cooper, Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I have used and continue to use Shaun Gabbidon’s Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime as the core text for the senior seminar, Race and Crime in the United States. Unlike any other book it addresses race from multiple theoretical perspectives and thus is indispensable in developing an understanding of the intersection of race and crime, and race qua white privilege of those who have created and applied theories of deviance and criminality.

-Sissy Bradford, Sociology, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Gabbidon discusses the relevant criminological theories on race and ethnicity in a manner that is accessible to the reader, allowing for a succinct, yet powerful understanding of the importance of race and ethnicity. The third edition is a must have for undergraduate and graduate courses on race, ethnicity, and crime.

-Danny Madrid, Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime takes us on an instructive journey through our past and present thinking about race, ethnicity, and crime. While pointing out the potential and the limits of varying criminological traditions, Gabbidon simultaneously confronts the issues that are top of mind for students. He asks readers to consider how racial and ethnic stereotyping influences crime and justice, whether a general theory of crime can be race-blind, how histories of racial conflict play out in crime and crime control, and if theories of crime and justice can be gender-specific and race-specific.

-Katherine Irwin, Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Table of Contents

1 A Brief Introduction to Race, Crime, and Theory. 2 Biological Perspectives on Race and Crime. 3 Social Disorganization and Strain Perspectives on Race and Crime. 4 Subc ultural Perspectives on Race and Crime. 5 Labeling Perspectives on Race and Crime. 6 Conflict Perspectives on Race and Crime. 7 Social Control Perspectives on Race and Crime. 8 Colonial Perspectives on Race and Crime. 9 Gender and Race-Centered Perspectives on Race and Crime. 10 Conclusion

About the Author

Shaun L. Gabbidon, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg. He has also served as a fellow at Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Gabbidon is the author of more than 100 scholarly publications including more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books. Dr. Gabbidon can be contacted at

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Criminology and Justice Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations