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1st Edition

Technocrime and Criminological Theory

ISBN 9781138305205
Published September 29, 2017 by Routledge
182 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cybercrime, computer crime, Internet crime, and technosecurity have been of increasing concern to citizens, corporations, and governments since their emergence in the 1980s. Addressing both the conventional and radical theories underlying this emerging criminological trend, including feminist theory, social learning theory, and postmodernism, this text paves the way for those who seek to tackle the most pertinent areas in technocrime.

Technocrime and Criminological Theory challenges readers to confront the conflicts, gaps, and questions faced by both scholars and practitioners in the field. This book serves as an ideal primer for scholars beginning to study technocrime or as a companion for graduate level courses in technocrime or deviance studies.

Table of Contents


List of figures

List of tables

List of contributors


Marvin Krohn

1 Introduction

Kevin F. Steinmetz and Matt R. Nobles

2 Feminist Theory and Technocrime: Examining Gender Violence in Contemporary Society

Alison J. Marganski

3 Routine Activity Theory and Cybercrime: A Theoretical Appraisal and Literature Review

Bradford Reyns

4 Differential Association Theory, Social Learning Theory, and Technocrime

John H. Boman IV and Adrienne Freng

5 Technocrime and Strain Theory

Kimberly A. Chism and Kevin F. Steinmetz

6 Symbolic Interactionism and Technocrime: SWATing as Episodic and Agentic

Duncan Philpot

7 Radical Criminology and the Techno-Security-Capitalist Complex

James Banks

8 Toward a Cultural Criminology of the Internet

Majid Yar

9 Postmodern Criminology and Technocrime

Brian G. Sellers and Bruce A. Arrigo

10 Low Hanging Fruit: Rethinking Technology, Offending, and Victimization

Travis Pratt and Jillian Turanovic


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Kevin F. Steinmetz is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University. His areas of interest include technocrime, inequality in criminal justice, critical criminology, and media and crime issues. He has published articles in multiple peer-reviewed journal outlets including the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, and Deviant Behavior. He is also the author of Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime.

Matt R. Nobles is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Doctoral Program in Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. He earned his Ph.D. in criminology, law and society from the University of Florida in 2008 and joined UCF's faculty in 2015. Nobles' research interests include violence and interpersonal crimes, neighborhood social ecology, criminological theory testing, and quantitative methods. His recent work has appeared in outlets including Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice and Behavior, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Aggression and Violent Behavior, and the American Journal of Public Health.


"This work offers not only traditional criminological inquiries into cybercrime, but also an essential critical criminological examination which is sorely needed. These studies help to define new areas of inquiry for social scientists."

–Thomas Holt, Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

"Technocrime has quickly emerged as a major new category of crime, impacting millions and often dominating news reports. This important volume fills a major void in the literature by applying the leading crime theories to the explanation of varied forms of technocrime and pointing to directionsfor further research."

–Robert Agnew, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology, Emory University; Past President, American Society of Criminology