1st Edition

Revitalizing Victimization Theory Revisions, Applications, and New Directions

Edited By Travis C. Pratt, Jillian J. Turanovic Copyright 2021
    328 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Revitalizing Victimization Theory: Revisions, Applications, and New Directions revises some of the major perspectives in victimization theory, applies theoretical perspectives to the victimization of vulnerable populations, and carves out new theoretical territory that is clearly needed but has yet to be developed. With the exception of a handful of isolated works in the mid-twentieth century, theory and research on victimization did not come into its own until the late 1970s with the articulation of lifestyle and routine activity theories. Research conducted within this tradition continues to be an important part of the overall criminological enterprise, and a large body of empirical knowledge has been generated. Nevertheless, theoretical advances in the study of victimization have largely stalled within the field of criminology. Indeed, little in the way of new theoretical headway has been made in well over a decade. This is an ideal time to revitalize victimization theory, and this volume does just that. It is an ambitious project that will hopefully reignite the kinds of theoretical discussions that once held the attention of the field.

    The work included here will shape the future of victimization theory and research in years to come. This volume should be of interest to a wide range of criminologists and have the potential to be used in graduate seminars and upper-level undergraduate courses.

    Introduction: Revitalizing Victimization Theory

    Travis C. Pratt and Jillian J. Turanovic

    Part I. Revisiting Major Perspectives in Victimization Theory

    1. What Ideas of Victimization and Vulnerability Mean for Criminological Theory: A Logical Appraisal

    Christopher J. Schreck and Mark T. Berg

    2. Modern Control Theory, Lifestyle, and Criminal Victimization

    Michael R. Gottfredson

    3. Understanding Victimization: The Role of Cultural Theories

    Charis E. Kubrin and Graham C. Ousey

    4. Environmental Criminology, Design, and Victimization: What We Know, How We Have Failed, and Where We Need to Go

    Martin A. Andresen and Tarah Hodgkinson

    Part II. Victimization and Vulnerable Populations

    5. Victims of Atrocity Crimes

    Hollie Nyseth Brehm and Laura C. Frizzell

    6. Theoretical Perspectives on the Victimization of Women

    Candace Kruttschnitt and Timothy Kang

    7. Theories of Inmate Victimization

    Daniel P. Mears

    8. Putting School-Based Victimization in Context

    Heather Zaykowski and Callie Marie Rennison

    Part III. New Theoretical Applications

    9. Biosocial Perspectives on Victimization

    Kevin M. Beaver and Bridget Joyner

    10. Toward a Realist Criminology of the Internet: Considering Technology-Facilitated Crime and Victimization

    Kevin F. Steinmetz and Adrienne L. McCarthy

    11. A Theory of Sex Trafficking Victimization

    Teresa C. Kulig and Francis T. Cullen


    Travis C. Pratt is Research Director of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department and Fellow of the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. He conducts research in the areas of correctional policy, the sources of criminal behavior, and the nature of victimization.

    Jillian J. Turanovic is an Associate Professor and Director of the Crime Victim Research and Policy Institute in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Her research is aimed at examining various issues in criminological theory and correctional policy, with a special focus on victimization, violence, and the life course.