Criminology: The Core,
6th Edition

Larry J. Siegel

ISBN-13: 9781305642836 | ISBN-10: 130564283x

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 528 pages

List Price USD $174.95


Concise, current, and affordable, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, Sixth Edition, delivers cutting-edge coverage in a succinct, easy-reading paperback. Author Larry Siegel guides you through the fast-paced field of criminology, its most current research, and fascinating examples that help you truly understand criminological theory. The text details the crimes of real-life people to illustrate specific criminology theories. Highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, it also offers unbiased coverage of even the most controversial issues -- enabling you to form your own opinions. This edition includes the latest insights into political crime; terrorism (e.g. ISIS, lone wolves); white-collar, blue-collar, and green-collar crime; cyber crime; transnational crime (e.g. sex trafficking); and many other topics. In addition, the text is packed with resources like "Thinking Like a Criminologist" role-plays and "Connections" to the big picture to help you maximize your course success.

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Meet the Authors

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LARRY J. SIEGEL was born in the Bronx, New York. While living on Jerome Avenue and attending City College (CCNY) in the 1960s, he was swept up in the social and political currents of the time. He became intrigued with the influence contemporary culture had on individual behavior: did people shape society or did society shape people? He applied his interest in social forces and human behavior to the study of crime and justice. After graduating from CCNY, he attended the newly opened program in criminal justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Siegel began his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he was a faculty member for nine years. After leaving Northeastern, he held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he taught for 27 years; he is now a professor emeritus, still teaching online courses in criminology and criminal justice. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal justice, and criminal procedure. He is a court-certified expert on police conduct and has testified in numerous legal cases. The father of four and grandfather of three, Larry Siegel now resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs, Watson and Cody.

  • New case vignettes illuminate concepts and theories throughout the text. Siegel selects contemporary examples based on relevance, notoriety, and the way in which they raise important legal or procedural issues. Topics include the Ferguson shooting; the Charleston Church massacre; a cancer doctor who made millions of dollars giving people a false diagnosis (illustrating "rational choice" in Ch. 4); and Newtown shooter Adam Lanza (Ch. 5) as well as other high profile cases to suggest that crime is not always just a matter of rational choice, but rather the product of a "twisted mind."
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  • Completely updated throughout, this edition includes new or revised discussions of such timely topics as ISIS, terrorism and lone wolf terrorists, urban prostitution and cyber-hooking, green crime, mass murder, sex trafficking, hate crime, campus rape and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, mental illness and crime, and many other hot topics in the field of criminology.
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  • "Profiles in Crime" features present actual crimes that help to illustrate the position or views within the chapter. For example, "I Can't Breathe" covers the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers because he was believed to be selling "loosies" (single cigarettes) from packs without a tax stamp, prohibited by NYC law.
  • A strong framework of study tools in every chapter maximizes student success, helping readers retain what they learn and encouraging them to think critically about what they read. Study tools include "Thinking Like a Criminologist" role-plays, "Checkpoints", "Connections" boxes to help students link concepts from chapter to chapter, "Critical Thinking" questions, and more.
  • Chapter Learning Objectives spell out what students should learn in each chapter, and are reinforced through their linkage to end-of-chapter summaries as well as all of the text's ancillary materials.
  • "Policies and Issues in Criminology" boxes show how criminological ideas and research can be put into action. The features include actual examples of research, discussions of the future policy implications of such research, and questions that promote critical thinking. Topics include whether peer deviance affects behavior (Ch. 7); the effectiveness of restorative justice initiatives (Ch. 8); and new to this edition, a discussion of honor killing and honor crime violence against women and girls, which men in some cultures consider to be necessary (Ch. 10).

Table of Contents

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1. Crime and Criminology.
2. The Nature and Extent of Crime.
3. Victims and Victimization.
4. Rational Choice Theory.
5. Trait Theory.
6. Social Structure Theory.
7. Social Process Theory.
8. Social Conflict, Critical Criminology, and Restorative Justice.
9. Developmental Theories: Life Course, Propensity, and Trajectory.
10. Violent Crime.
11. Political Crime and Terrorism.
12. Economic Crimes: White-Collar, Blue-Collar, and Green-Collar.
13. Public Order Crimes.
14. Crimes of the New Millennium: Cyber Crime, Technology, and Transnational Organized Crimes.

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