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Criminological Theory: Past to Present: Essential Readings Paperback – March 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0195389555 ISBN-10: 0195389557 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (March 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195389557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195389555
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati, where he also holds a joint appointment in Sociology. He has published more than 200 works in the areas of criminological theory, corrections, white-collar crime, public opinion, and the measurement of sexual victimization. Professor Cullen has also served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and of the American Society of Criminology.

Robert Agnew is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. He is noted for his development of "general strain theory," a perspective that has attracted considerable theoretical and empirical attention. In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, he was honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He also was elected to serve as an Executive Counselor of ASC and as President of the Georgia Sociological Association.

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This book is a great guide to criminological theory.
Kristin Kozlowski
This product has met my expectations as it covers many theories in a well thought out manner.
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It was difficult to maintain focus when reading this book - very, very dry and dull reading.
Dyno Dave

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baze on August 2, 2012
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It's an alright book. The dull text could be a lot more lively, especially for a subject like criminology. This introductory book breaks its essays down in an organized fashion, and does cover a wide array of topics. It refers to studies done by sociologists and other social scientists; however, actual studies are not presented for the reader to evaluate methodologically. This edition's updates includes an analysis on white collar crime, a phenomenon relevant to our politics and economy today.

The book is just a collection of essays that introduce the reader to certain theories and ideas in criminology, which could be of great use to a student beginning his or her study in criminology.

It's a great book for a high school or college course. If your teacher lists this book on the class reading list, you'll find it worthwhile to read through it. However, if it is not required for class, you are better off finding some other text to read.

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This is an excellent reader for introductory criminology theory courses at the upper division or graduate level. It contains excerpts from the original theorists, rather than a textbook author's summation. The book allows you to engage with the original thinker in his or her own words. It's a collection of excerpts from scholarly works, none of which are written to be entertaining. Ergo the "boring" comments in other reviews, which are typical of low-motivation undergraduates and should be disregarded. If you want an intro to crim theory from the primary sources without having to build your own library full of books and journal articles, this reader is an excellent collection of the main stuff you need.
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By Sam on March 10, 2014
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It was exactly what I needed for my class and it arrived just in time, even though the professor waited until the last minute to require the book for class. Brilliant service, thank you!
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Needed this textbook for a college course I took. I can usually read anything and find the educational value in it - not the case with this book. It was difficult to maintain focus when reading this book - very, very dry and dull reading. There were too many examples of various theories and snippets from a plethora of researchers/theorists - easy to lose track (and interest). Again, I'm an above average reader and this book was painful to read - it just didn't spark any interest or thought processes in my usually active brain. Very bland, dry, boring subject matter - the ideas, concepts and theories provided in this book could have been presented in a much more interesting and thought provoking manner. I would not recommend this book to anyone, and even mentioned that to my professor. Sorry - just giving my perspective!
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For a criminology reader, this is a good choice. The book progresses in a fairly logical sequence and contains many of the essential readings for various theories. The authors also provide great introductions to each section to prepare the reader and familiarize him/her with the theories and papers they are about to read. Great for Criminology students or people who want to learn more about theory.
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This book is an interesting read at some points, but most of it is boring. Also, it is almost useless when studying because there is no glossary or index to use for reference. I don't know if this is unique to my copy or if this is how it was printed, but studying is incredibly difficult with this text.
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