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.
Table of Contents
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.