© 2009

Handbook on Crime and Deviance

  • Marvin D. Krohn
  • Alan J.  Lizotte
  • Gina Penly Hall
  • Focusing on methodological issues in criminology

  • Contributions by the top researchers in the field

  • Examines interdisciplinary causes of crime, and methods for prevention


Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Methodological Issues In Crime Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Alan J. Lizotte, David McDowall, Nicole M. Schmidt
      Pages 43-58
    3. Daniel S. Nagin
      Pages 59-73
  3. Explanations of Crime

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-77
    2. Anthony Walsh, Kevin M. Beaver
      Pages 79-101
    3. Ronald L. Akers, Wesley G. Jennings
      Pages 103-120
    4. Alex R. Piquero
      Pages 153-168
    5. Robert Agnew
      Pages 169-185
    6. Jón Gunnar Bernburg
      Pages 187-207
    7. Steven F. Messner, Richard Rosenfeld
      Pages 209-224
  4. Criminal Justice-Related Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-239
    2. Lila Kazemian, Shadd Maruna
      Pages 277-295

About this book


This handbook provides a comprehensive treatment of the field of criminology at the turn of the 21st century. It is designed to review the important recent developments in the sociology of crime and deviance, including:

  • History of the Discipline: with an emphasis on the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, this section illustrates how historical theories in the discipline affect modern-day research and practice.
  • Methodological Issues in Crime Research: including cutting-edge techniques, written by those who currently use them.  This section covers qualitative and quantitative, longitudinal and cross-sectional methods.  It also features mapping, trajectories, HLM, latent growth models, NIBRS.
  • Explanations of Crime: including biological/genetic, psychological, social structure, and social process explanations. 
  • Theory-Based Practice: with a focus on prevention and cessation of crime, particularly early-childhood development, situational prevention, and disistence techniques.
  • Special Topics: this section includes chapters on crime-related issues such as gangs, guns, peer pressure, drug use, child abuse/domestic violence, school crime, and hate crime, and criminal-justice related issues including capital punishment, restorative justice, community policing, and race and gender in criminal processing.

With its interdisciplinary coverage of both historical research and cutting-edge method and theory, this volume will be essential for anyone doing research in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or Sociology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Marvin D. Krohn
    • 1
  • Alan J.  Lizotte
    • 2
  • Gina Penly Hall
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminal JusticeUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyU.S.A.
  3. 3.School of Criminal JusticeUniversity at AlbanyAlbanyU.S.A.

About the editors

Marvin Krohn is the Associate Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany.  He was previously on the Executive Council of the American Society of Criminology and was an associate editor for Criminology.  Alan Lizotte is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany and the Executive Directro of the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center also at SUNY Albany      

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