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Development of Criminological Thought : Context, Theory and Policy - by Chad Posick (Paperback)
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This book focuses on the history and development of criminological thought from the pre-enlightenment period to the present and offers a detailed and chronological overview of competing theoretical perspectives in criminology in their social and political context. This book covers:
- A discussion of how major theorists came to espouse their ideas and how the social context of the time influenced the development criminological thought,
- An exploration of the scientific method and the way in which theories are tested,
- Details of the origins of each theory as well as their recent developments in scholarship and research,
- Comparative and international research in theory,
- The empirical support for theory and the relationship between research and policy,
- Biosocial and Developmental Criminology, including the biosocial underpinnings of criminal behaviour and the influence of neuroscience and brain psychology,
- Theoretical applications for explaining different crime types, such as genocide, white collar crime and environmental crime.
- A summary of the current state of criminological knowledge and a vision for the future of criminology.
The book includes lists of further reading and chapter summaries and is supported by timelines of key works and events. A companion website contains interviews, learning objectives, discussion questions, and instructor resources. This book is essential reading for courses on criminological theory, criminal behaviour, criminal psychology and biosocial criminology.