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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 6 edition (11 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199764883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199764884
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
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"When teaching criminology, I seek to provide sophisticated accounts of a wide range of theoretical perspectives coupled with a selection of the best empirical research on the key issues important to the field. Over the years, I continue to find that Theoretical Criminology is the book that best fits my teaching goals. It is an excellent teaching tool and its breadth and depth of coverage is unparalleled. I highly recommend this book for advanced undergraduates as well as graduate students."--John H. Laub, University of Maryland, College Park"I have been impressed with the previous editions of this highly regarded textbook, and the new, updated edition continues that fine tradition. The reviews of theoretical approaches and associated research are consistently comprehensive, balanced, and highly readable. The book excels at two levels: it works well in the classroom, and it serves as a valuable resource for the professional criminologist."--Steven F. Messner, University at Albany, State University of New York"Vold's Theoretical Criminology is the classic text on criminological theory, providing an exceptional overview of the development of crime theories and a comprehensive examination of every major theory, including the many theories developed in recent years. Further, the book makes a theoretical contribution itself, through its insightful discussion of crime theories. This is an excellent text for any course on criminological theory."--Robert Agnew, Emory University"The sixth edition of Vold's Theoretical Criminology demonstrates why this text is among the most complete and important overviews of criminological theories for students and faculty alike. It is the book from which I learned about theories of crime as an undergraduate student; the book that I turned to for a more advanced understanding and dissection of criminological theory as a graduate student; the book I suggest all of my graduate students read in order to learn about theory; and it has continued to be a key reading throughout my career as a faculty member. While theories of crime undergo change, it is comforting to know that Vold's Theoretical Criminology remains a pillar of continuity in its treatment of the origins of crime."--Alex R. Piquero, University of Maryland, College Park --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

George B. Vold (1896-1967) was Professor of Sociology at University of Minnesota. He was an influential and renowned scholar and educator, contributing numerous articles, studies and speeches to the field of sociology and criminology. Thomas J. Bernard, Ph.D. SUNY Albany, is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Penn State. Jeffrey B. Snipes, Ph.D. SUNY Albany; JD, Stanford, is Professor in Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University. Alex B. Gerould, JD, University of San Francisco, is Professor in Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University.

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The book can be very informative about theories at times and it does give reference to studies for the reader to look into. I find that it's conclusion sections on chapters to be very lacking. It tends to make some very broad judgements about certain historical events without really backing them up I feel. What infuriates me the most is that it won't clarify what it's talking about various sociological goals it claims to have. For example What does it mean specifically when talking about "General Welfare" and Why does the well-being of the economy Contradict this? What is the difference between a society that is undergoing "growth" and one that is undergoing "rapid social Change"? What absolutely drives me crazy it does what all textbooks do such as raising questions about certain social problems without really defining what the problem is very clearly or any realistic method that can be used to solve said problem. Worst of all it the writer of this book seems to have fallen into that trap of pessimistic/cynical indifference that I see in alot of social scientists these days about major issues the United States faces. We may have some big problems to deal with but seeing what we have overcome in the past and what other nations in the world face This mind-set seems pathetic and seems to have made it where we simply let the problem continue to grow while we all just sit and sulk about how "hopeless" everything is right now.
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I had to use this book for class, so obviously it wasn't bought for pleasure.
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Vold's is one of the most comprehensive theory books available. It is a good buy for anyone looking to brush up on theory before heading into graduate-level criminology/criminal justice theory classes.
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