Initially designed to accompany Mark Lanier and Stuart Henry's best-selling Essential Criminology textbook, this new reader is an up-to-date companion text perfect for all students of introductory criminology and criminological theory courses. The Essential Criminology Reader contains 30 original articles on current developments in criminological theory. Commissioned specifically for The Reader, these short essays were written by leading scholars in the field. Each chapter complements one of 13 different theoretical perspectives covered in Lanier and Henry's Essential Criminology text and contains between two and three articles from leading theorists on each perspective. Each chapter of The Reader features: a brief summary of the main ideas of the theory the ways the author's theory has been misinterpreted/distorted criticisms by others of the theory and how the author has responded a summary of the balance of the empirical findings the latest developments in their theoretical position policy implications/practice of their theory

chapter 1.1|15 pages

Free Will and Determinism?

Reading Beccaria’s Of Crimes and Punishments (1764) as a Text of Enlightenment

chapter 2.1|10 pages

Cesare Lombroso and the Origins of Criminology

Rethinking Criminological Tradition 1

chapter 2.2|26 pages

Integrating Findings from Neurobiology into Criminological Thought

Issues, Solutions, and Implications 1

chapter 3|2 pages

Psychological Theories

chapter 3.1|7 pages

Forty Years of the Yochelson/Samenow Work

A Perspective

chapter 3.2|9 pages

Contributions of Community Psychology to Criminal Justice

Prevention Research and Intervention

chapter 4.1|11 pages

Social Learning Theory

Correcting Misconceptions

chapter 4.2|9 pages

Techniques of Neutralization

chapter 5|2 pages

Social Control Theories

chapter 6.2|12 pages

Gangs as Social Actors

chapter 7.1|9 pages

General Strain Theory

chapter 7.3|9 pages

Global Anomie Theory and Crime

chapter 8.1|6 pages

Criminology and Conflict Theory

chapter 9.1|9 pages

Feminist Thinking About Crime

chapter 10.1|10 pages

Postmodern Theory and Criminology

chapter 10.2|13 pages


Negotiating Boundaries

chapter 10.3|10 pages

Cultural Criminology

chapter 11.2|8 pages


chapter 12|2 pages

Left Realist Theories

chapter 12.1|8 pages

Inequality, Community, and Crime

chapter 13.2|11 pages

Applying Integrated Theory

A Reciprocal Theory of Violence and Nonviolence 1

chapter 13.3|8 pages

Criminologist as Witness