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Place Managers and Crime Places  

John E. Eck

Place management theory—a part of routine activity theory—explains why a relatively few places have a great deal of crime while most places have little or no crime. The explanation is the ... More

Political Ideologies and Penality  

Zelia A. Gallo

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Aug 2018
The literature on contemporary Western punishment presents us with a number of possible approaches to political ideologies and penality. The first approach requires us to ask what ... More

Punishment and Citizenship  

Michael T. Light and Jason P. Robey

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Feb 2019
Amid global trends of increasingly mobile populations, scholars have debated whether national citizenship status remains relevant for international migrants. Some argue that international ... More

Punishment, Marxism, and Political Economy  

Alessandro De Giorgi

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Oct 2018
The political economy of punishment is a critical approach within the sociology of punishment that hypothesizes the existence of a structural relationship between transformations of the ... More

Self-Control Theory and Crime  

Michael Gottfredson

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Jul 2017
Gottfredson and Hirschi advanced self-control theory in 1990 as part of their general theory of crime. Self-control is defined as the ability to forego acts that provide immediate or ... More

Situational Action Theory: Toward a Dynamic Theory of Crime and Its Causes  

Per-Olof H. Wikström

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Aug 2019
Situational Action Theory (SAT) is a general, dynamic, and mechanism-based theory of crime and its causes. It is general because it proposes to explain all kinds of crime (and ... More

Social Disorganization Theory  

Paul Bellair

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Jul 2017
Contemporary sociologists typically trace social disorganization models to Emile Durkheim’s classic work. There is continuity between Durkheim’s concern for organic solidarity in societies ... More

A Social Interactionist Approach to Violent Crime  

Richard B. Felson

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Apr 2018
Since criminal violence involves doing harm to someone (as well as rule breaking) a theory of aggression is needed to help explain it. A social interactionist (SI) theory of aggression ... More

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Crime Prevention Evaluations  

Anthony Petrosino, Claire Morgan, and Trevor Fronius

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Mar 2018
Systematic reviews and meta-analyses have become a focal point of evidence-based policy in criminology. Systematic reviews use explicit and transparent processes to identify, retrieve, ... More

Theoretical Perspectives on White-Collar Crime  

Michael Levi

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Jun 2019
White-collar crime has not developed in a linear way as an academic subject. Its definition remains contested, between those who consider that, when deciding on the boundaries of what we ... More

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