The contributions in this volume highlight the value of sociological theorizing in various strands of criminological research. The chapters present concrete analyses and discussions of how sociological theory has been useful to the respective authors efforts in criminological research. Collectively, they aim to show that some of the very best criminological work is informed in useful and varied ways by sociological theory. Revealing the global reach and nationally distinct variations in the practice of sociological theory and criminology, this volume is explicitly trans-Atlantic in terms of its contributors and the topics and theories they discuss. This book offers ten informative chapters as well as two commentaries, written by some of the leading practitioners of criminological theory and research today. Among the theoretical traditions discussed in this book are a range of perspectives, including macro and micro models as well as theories of criminal behavior and perspectives of social control.The empirical aspects of crime and criminal justice to which these theories are applied are likewise varied and, importantly, drawn from concrete socio-historical settings in multiple nations. The chapters reveal the breadth and depth of criminological sociology in its explicit and informed reliance on insights from sociological theory. This title discusses the usefulness of sociological theory in criminological research. It includes international contributors for a multinational perspective.
"In the end, we have to ask whether the book's overall thesis, that sociological theory informs the best criminiological work, is supported. I think, overall, it is..." -Sawyer Sylvester, Department of Sociology, Bates College, for The Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 17 No. 2 (February 2007)
Introduction: The Bearing of Sociological Theory On Criminological Research (Mathieu Deflem) PART I: FROM MACRO TO MICRO MODELS IN CRIME AND DELINQUENCY ANALYSIS. Work and Crime: Can The Missing Link Be Understood Through Max Webers Protestant Ethic?. (Karl F. Schumann). Truants and the Family: An Empirical Study of Deviant Behavior in Early Adolescence. (Imke Dunkake). Revisiting Merton: Continuities in the Theory of Anomie-and-Opportunity-Structures. (Sanjay Marwah & Mathieu Deflem). Criminological Implications of the Thought of George Herbert Mead. (Ross L. Matsueda). Opening the Black Box: The Social Psychology of Gender and Delinquency. (Karen Heimer, Stacy De Coster, & Halime Unal). Commentary to Part I: Theory and Research in the Sociology and Social Psychology of Crime and Deviance. (Ronald L. Akers). PART II: CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN SOCIO-HISTORICAL CONTEXTS. Identity and Intellectual Work: Biography, Theory and Research on Law Enforcement. (Nigel G. Fielding). Sociological Theory in the Study of Sentencing: Lighthouse for a Traveler Between Continents. (Joachim J. Savelsberg). They Bring You Up To Do Like Your Daddy Done: Stratification Theory, Employment, and Crime. (Robert D. Crutchfield). Emotions, Crime, and Justice: Exploring Durkheimian Themes. (Susanne Karstedt). In Search of Criminologys Epistemological Threshold. (Rene Van Swaaningen). Commentary to Part II: The Fields of Sociology and Criminology. (Fritz Sack).