Review by Choice Review
Burke (Nottingham Trent Univ.) has extracted the criminological theories found in many texts and organized, distilled, and synthesized them into a working conversation. Using key distinguishing concepts, he has organized the book as introductions to recognized theoretical approaches to crime and delinquency. These discussions also reflect the development of European criminology. Burke begins with the essential definition of terms. With a classification focus, he begins to articulate explanations. The rational actor, predestined person, and victimized individual are the constructs directing theoretical discussions in each section, which are attuned to the modifications proposed to meet criticism from the "criminological schools." Burke responds to the criticism from his classification approach, but other criminological theorists will disagree with his approach and placement of " single-theory explanations." His important contribution arises from the multidisciplinary integration in the final five chapters. The last chapter, on crime and postmodern interpretations, reflects the author's awareness and willingness to enter the discussions. The appendix has important definitions of concepts and an excellent bibliography. The title is a bit misleading, as persons with exposure to criminological literature will find this a valuable book. Upper-division undergraduate students and above. J. H. Larson University of North Dakota
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