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4th Edition

Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime

ISBN 9780367332334
Published January 23, 2020 by Routledge
332 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime, Fourth Edition, is the only text to look at the array of mainstream and unconventional 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 or ethnic differences in offending. Included in each chapter is a review of relevant empirical tests that have investigated the value of that theory. The theoretical paradigms include those based on religion, biology, social disorganization/strain, subculture, labeling, conflict, social control, colonial, feminism, and race-centered perspectives. Gabbidon considers which perspectives have shown the most promise in explaining the relationships between race/ethnicity and crime.

Ideal for courses in either crime theory or race and crime, this text is used in Criminology and Sociology programs in the US as well as in the UK and Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface;  Acknowledgments;  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. Subcultural 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;  Index

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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 70 peer-reviewed articles and 12 books. Professor Gabbidon can be contacted at [email protected]


Praise for prior editions: 

"Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime synthesizes the available literature--by turns, engaging, insightful, and provocative--it challenges our assumptions in this vital area of political and social life."

--Elijah Anderson, Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies,Yale University 

"This book fills a critical gap in the criminology literature, and is distinguished by its examination of a broad range of theories, including some seldom considered in the field, its through examination of the research on these theories, and its efforts to draw conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches.  An excellent choice for courses in criminology, crime theory, and race and crime." 

--Robert Agnew, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology, Emory University

"Through wide-ranging scholarship and enviable imagination, Shaun Gabbidon does much to...illuminate key theoretical pathways for moving toward the systematic understanding of how race is implicated in criminal behavior.  Rich in detail, broad in scope, and easily read, this volume should find a prominent place on every scholar's bookshelf and be assigned in courses as a companion to traditional criminological theory texts."

--Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati

Praise for this new edition:

"Th[is] text is unique as the most comprehensive coverage of issues of race and crime. It would be an ideal required reading for a class specifically on race and crime."

--Biko Agozino, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Virginia Tech