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Criminology, Seventh Edition

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Larry J. Siegel Ph.D.
Date Published
688 pages
The seventh edition of this criminal justice overview text is divided into four main sections: Framework for Studying Criminology, Criminological Theory, Major Forms of Criminal Behavior, and Criminal Justice System.
The first part, Framework for Studying Criminology, contains chapters on basic concepts of the field of criminology, crime definitions, component areas of criminology, history of criminology, criminological research methods, ethical issues confronting the field of criminology, criminal law and its functions, crime patterns, victimization, and programs to help crime victims. The second part, Criminological Theory, includes chapters on why people behave the way they do and on rational choice, biological and psychological, structural and cultural, social process and socialization, social conflict, and latent trait and human development criminological theories. The third part, Major Forms of Criminal Behavior, covers violent crime, common theft offenses, white collar and organized crimes, and public order crimes including sex offenses and substance abuse. The final part, Criminal Justice System, overviews the criminal justice process, legal concepts, and criminal justice perspectives and considers police, courts, and corrections in some depth. The overview text has been carefully structured to cover the relevant material in a comprehensive, balanced, and objective manner. Notes, tables, figures, and photographs


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