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Criminological Theory, First Edition

  • George E. Higgins
  • Catherine D. Marcum
Series / Aspen Criminal Justice Series
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Criminological Theory provides easy access to criminological theory through simplicity in writing, drawing the theories, and providing summary statements of the theory. The purpose of this book is to bring criminological theory to non-abstract thinker by presenting the theories in a manner that is easy to understand written in everyday language.


    The book provides an extensive discussion of the historical background of the theory, as well as its current manifestations.
  • Modern day examples and case studies are presented so students can understand the application of the theory.
  • Broad coverage, including deterrence and rational choice theory, biological and biosocial theories, psychological theories, social bonding and control theories, labeling theory, social structure theory, anomie and strain theories, conflict theories, feminist theory, and integrated theory.
  • The text can be used as a main text or supplement, and has a flexible approach useful for a wide range of courses.
  • An understandable and accessible structure, and helpful charts and figures, enhance the text.
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About the authors
George E. Higgins
University of Louisville

George E. Higgins received his Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He was on the faculty in Criminal Justice at West Virginia State University. His research focuses on testing criminological theory and using advanced quantitative methods (e.g., structural equation modeling and Rasch models) to better understand crime and deviance (e.g., computer and cybercrimes and binge drinking) and racial and gendersex disparities in criminal justice. Along with two graduate students, he was the recipient of the 2006 William L. SimonAnderson Outstanding Paper Award for the Outstanding Faculty Paper at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Catherine D. Marcum
Professor and Assistant Chair
Appalachian State University

Dr. Catherine D. Marcum is a Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of teaching and research focus on correctional issues, cybercrime, and victimization, and she very much enjoys working with students on research. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 books in her fields. Dr. Marcum serves on the Executive Board of the Southern Criminal Justice Association and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, as well as Chair of the Division of Cybercrime for the American Society of Criminology.

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