Higher Education

Criminology: The Core, 4th Edition

  • Larry J. Siegel University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Emeritus
  • ISBN-10: 0495809837  |  ISBN-13: 9780495809838
  • 464 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $137.75
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

It’s no mystery why Larry Siegel remains THE best-selling author in criminology education. Professor Siegel fascinates students with real-life stories of crime, criminals, and the hottest debates in the field. CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, Fourth Edition does not disappoint. Clear, engaging, and completely current, this paperback is also concise and absolutely affordable. The text effectively uses real-world material to clarify criminology’s concepts and theories--equipping students with a solid foundation in modern criminology. Grounded in Siegel’s signature cutting-edge theory and meticulous research, this book covers all sides of an issue without a political or theoretical position, allowing students to form their own opinions and appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of criminology. It is also packed with engaging learning tools to maximize student success. Four-color, succinct, and affordable, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE is a briefer, less expensive alternative to the market’s more lengthy criminology tomes--giving instructors ultimate flexibility.

Features and Benefits

  • Providing the best of both worlds, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE delivers Larry Siegel’s exhaustive research, exceptional balance, and proven objectivity in a current, concise, and affordable paperback format.
  • Focusing on the field’s hottest topics, timely boxed features help engage students, spark lively classroom discussions, and build critical thinking skills. “Current Issues in Criminology” boxes focus on today’s passionate debates, and “Race, Culture, Gender & Criminology” boxes examine how diversity intersects with criminology topics.
  • A strong framework of study tools in every chapter maximizes student success, helping readers retain what they learn and think critically about what they read. Study 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.
  • Offering solid examples of policy in action, relevant “Policy & Practice in Criminology” boxes spotlight new programs and policy initiatives--encouraging students to think critically about their effectiveness and providing you opportunities to show students the links between public policy and criminology.
  • Included at the front of the text, a colorful Criminological Theories chart gives students an at-a-glance look at criminology’s major theories. The exceptional student study tool and reference includes each theory’s major premise, branches and sub-theories, main theorists, and the key concepts and ideas.

Table of Contents

PART I: CONCEPTS OF CRIME, LAW, AND CRIMINOLOGY.
1. Crime and Criminology.
2. The Nature and Extent of Crime.
3. Victims and Victimization.
PART II: THEORIES OF CRIME CAUSATION.
4. Choice Theory.
5. Trait Theory.
6. Social Structure Theory.
7. Social Process Theories.
8. Critical Criminology.
9. Developmental Theories.
PART III: CRIME TYPOLOGIES.
10. Violent Crime.
11. Property Crimes.
12. Enterprise Crime: White-Collar Crime, Cyber Crime, and Organized Crime.
13. Public Order Crimes.
PART IV: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
14. The Criminal Justice System.

What's New

  • Completely current, the exciting new Fourth Edition is packed with new examples, updated statistics, and the latest developments in the field – including new material on detachment theory, victimization, white-collar and state crime, the subprime mortgage scandal, and more--giving your students THE CORE of what they need to know for a solid foundation in criminal justice.
  • All new writing activities have been added to the “Thinking like a Criminologist” features, challenging students to put what they learn into practice while helping them sharpen their critical thinking skills.
  • Each chapter includes an all-new “Fact or Fiction” feature designed to correct common misperceptions about crime that students have picked up from television, the Internet, etc..
  • Numerous all-new policy boxes are included and all policy boxes now include actual examples of research and a discussion of the future policy implications of such research.
  • Chapter opening vignettes are either all new or thoroughly updated--keeping the text current and in tune with the latest happenings in criminology.

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + Careers in Criminal Justice Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 0538787392  | ISBN-13: 9780538787390

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  • Criminology: The Core
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495911461 | ISBN-13: 9780495911463)

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eBank Lesson Plan  (ISBN-10: 0495809772 | ISBN-13: 9780495809777)

Bringing accessible, masterful suggestions to every lesson, the instructor-created Lesson Plans include sample syllabi, learning objectives, lecture notes, discussion topics, in-class activities, a detailed lecture outline, and assignments. Lesson Plans are available on the PowerLecture resource and the instructor Website, or by emailing your local representative and asking for a download of the eBank files.

PowerLecture with ExamView® and JoinIn™ Student Response System  (ISBN-10: 0495813370 | ISBN-13: 9780495813378)

Providing all of your media teaching resources in one convenient place, this easy-to-use one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides with graphics from the text--making it easy for you to assemble, edit, publish, and present custom lectures for your course. The PowerLecture DVD also includes video-based polling and quiz questions that can be used with the JoinIn on TurningPoint® personal response system as well as integrates ExamView® testing software for customizing tests of up to 250 items that can be delivered in print or online.

Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495000418 | ISBN-13: 9780495000419)

Providing students with a basic introduction to academic, professional, and research writing in criminal justice, this text contains articles on writing skills, a basic grammar review, and a survey of on-the-job verbal communication that will benefit students in their current studies and throughout their careers.

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Classroom Activities for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495103829 | ISBN-13: 9780495103820)

Stimulate student engagement with a compilation of the best of the best in criminal justice classroom activities. Novice and seasoned instructors will appreciate this powerful course customization tool containing tried-and-true favorites and exciting new projects drawn from the spectrum of criminal justice subjects, including introduction to criminal justice, criminology, corrections, criminal law, policing, and juvenile justice.

Student Supplements

Cengage Learning eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495911461 | ISBN-13: 9780495911463)

CL-eBook allows students to access Cengage Learning textbooks in an easy-to-use online format. Highlight, take notes, bookmark, search your text, and, in some titles, link directly into multimedia: CL-eBook combines the best aspects of paper books and ebooks in one package.

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Writing and Communicating for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495000418 | ISBN-13: 9780495000419)

Offering a practical introduction to academic, professional, and research writing in criminal justice, this proven text uses articles on writing skills, a basic grammar review, and a survey of on-the-job verbal communication to equip you with skills that will serve you well now and throughout your career.

List Price = $44.95  | CengageBrain Price = $44.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $34.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Larry J. Siegel

Larry J. Siegel was born in the Bronx in 1947. While living on Jerome Avenue and attending City College of New York (CCNY) in the 1960s, he was swept up in the social and political currents of the time. He became intrigued with the influence 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, earning both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees there. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Siegel began his teaching career at Northeastern University and has also held teaching positions at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (UML). Now a Professor Emeritus, he continues to teach courses on criminology and criminal justice in UML'S online master's degree program. Dr. Siegel has written extensively in the area of crime and justice, including books on juvenile law, delinquency, criminology, corrections, criminal justice, and criminal procedure. He is a court-certified expert on police conduct and has testified in numerous legal cases.