Over the last twenty-five years the significance of criminal justice has dramatically changed. In a "post-modern" culture, criminal law serves more and more as a focal point in public morality. The "discovery" of the victim of crime can be seen as the marking point by which criminal justice got its central position in the maintenance of social order. It is the result of a general "victimalization" of today's morality.
An indispensable international resource, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory provides readers with a clear overview of criminological theory, enabling them to reflect critically upon the traditional, emergent and desirable theoretical positions of the discipline. Strain theory states that certain strains or stressors increase the likelihood of crime. There are several versions of strain theory, each of which describes; a those strains most conducive to crime; b why such strains increase the likelihood of crime; and c why some individuals are more likely than others to respond to strains with crime. This chapter begins with a brief historic overview of the different versions of strain theory, then focuses on the most recent and broadest version of strain theory: Agnew's general strain theory GST. Have you created a personal profile? Login or create a profile so that you can save clips, playlists and searches. Summary Contents Subject index An indispensable international resource, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory provides readers with a clear overview of criminological theory, enabling them to reflect critically upon the traditional, emergent and desirable theoretical positions of the discipline.
Scholarship in criminology over the last few decades has often left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system. In truth, one out of every four juveniles arrested is female and the population of women in prison has tripled in the past decade. Co-authored by Meda Chesney-Lind, one of the pioneers in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, the subject matter of The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Second Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues. Likewise, anyone seeking cutting-edge information about a growing offender population will want to read this book.