Criminology: The Core,
7th Edition

Larry J. Siegel

ISBN-13: 9781337557719 | ISBN-10: 1337557714

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 544 pages

List Price USD $191.95


Concise, current and affordable, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, 7th Edition, delivers cutting-edge coverage in an 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 understand criminological theory. Details on the crimes of real-life people illustrate concepts, and unbiased coverage of even the most controversial issues enables you to form your own opinions. You'll get the latest insights into political crime; terrorism (e.g. ISIS); white-collar, blue-collar and green-collar crime; cybercrime; transnational crime (e.g. human trafficking) and many other topics. And features such as "Thinking Like a Criminologist" role plays and "Connections" to the big picture help you do your best in the course.

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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 that 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 M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Siegel began his teaching career at Northeastern University, where he was a faculty member for nine years. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He then taught for 27 years at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where is now a professor emeritus. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, criminal justice, courts, corrections, criminal procedure and policing. Larry, his wife Therese and their dog Sophie now live in Naples, Florida, where he continues to write on various topics and issues in crime and justice.

  • Coverage of the latest issues, cases and examples in criminology includes discussion of the causes and effects of the current opioid epidemic, various states' legislation on the use of marijuana, date and acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses and recent controversial confrontations between police officers and citizens. Other topics include revenge porn, hate crimes and hate crime legislation, human trafficking, the political conflict that dominated the 2016 presidential election, voter fraud, importation of wildlife and the activities of the Islamic State.
  • Insight from recent research includes findings about the higher risk of armed robbery and resulting murders in neighborhoods with medical dispensaries, adolescent boys with antisocial substance disorder (ASD) who repeatedly engage in risky antisocial behavior, the increase in crime rates since cybercrime began to be included in crime statistics, the use of neutralization techniques by white-collar criminals before engaging in business crime, the high correlation between drugs and crime and the record wealth-gap levels between high-income groups and everyone else.
  • New sections cover such topics as stress encountered by abuse victims in childhood that endures into adulthood (Ch. 3); criminal competence, criminal compulsion and escape mechanisms employed during criminal acts (Ch. 4); Situational Action Theory (Ch. 7); justice system inequality (Ch. 8); criminal susceptibility and the link between personality traits and crime (Ch. 9); sex in authority relationships and legislation making it a crime for people in power to have sexual relations with those they supervise (Ch. 10) and internet extortion and ransomware (Ch. 11).
  • Chapter learning objectives spell out what students should learn in each chapter, and are reinforced through their linkage to end-of-chapter summaries and to 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).
  • Study tools in every chapter maximize student success, helping readers retain what they learn and encouraging them to think critically about what they read. 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.
  • "Profiles in Crime" features present actual crimes that help to illustrate the position or views within the chapter. "I Can't Breathe" covers the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers because he was believed to be selling single cigarettes from packs without a tax stamp, prohibited by NYC law. New topics include "A Shooting in Ferguson" about Michael Brown, killed in a confrontation with a police officer; "Planning to Steal," about auto thieves and the rise in auto thefts by organized professionals and "Fertility Fraud," about deception at a fertility clinic.

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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