This book surveys the major theoretical perspectives in criminology, including biological/physiological theories, psychological/psychiatric theories, and sociological theories of crime. Each chapter provides a balanced overview, examining each theory in the context of empirical research that tests it. New chapters have been added, focusing on areas such as feminist theories of crime, the routine activities theory, control balance theory, and a chapter focusing on providing greater coverage of conflict radical theories, including left realism, peacemaking criminology, and postmodern criminology. For anyone involved in criminology studies.
Curran and Renzetti (St. Joseph's University) outline the standards of criminological theory and then go on to present various competing theories. These include biological and physiological theories, psychological and psychiatric theories, radical theories, feminist theories, and sociological theories focusing both on social organization and social process. Major perspectives are described within each chapter. An appendix outlines methods of criminological research, and key terms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)