The Library of Essays in Theoretical Criminology
Series Editor: Stuart Henry, San Diego State University,
Criminological theory is a rapidly growing field within the
discipline of criminology, which seeks to identify the causes or
etiology of crime. While there are numerous criminological
theories, most can be grouped into broad theoretical frameworks
which are rooted in major academic disciplines, such as economics,
anthropology, biology, psychology, geography, sociology, politics,
history and philosophy, as well as the more recent
multi-disciplinary fields such as gender studies, critical race
studies and postmodernist social theory. However, criminological
theories are rarely discrete and a major recent development in
criminological theory has been the emergence of explicitly
integrative theoretical approaches which draw on aspects of other
disciplines to strengthen their explanatory power.
This series is designed to capture the range and depth of the
key theoretical perspectives on crime causation for an
international audience. Each volume is edited by a renowned
criminologist and has as its theme a specific theoretical approach.
The introduction to each volume provides a context to the history
of ideas in the field and an overview of the papers selected. The
series represents the state-of-the-art in research to better
understand and explain crime and those who commit it, and provides
an invaluable reference resource for libraries.