"This reader offers a critical and analytical approach to examining criminological theory. It is a compilation of chapters and articles from numerous sources that provides a comprehensive, multidimensional look at theories on crime and deviancy. Each section, which incorporates works from a diverse set of authors and researchers, examines the various schools of thought and eras in criminology. Related theories on deviant behavior and crime are also explored. Criminological Theory is designed to help students construct a deeper understanding of criminological theory and teaches them how to evaluate the competing perspectives on these theories without a one-dimensional bias. Discussion question are infused throughout the text to encourage students to think critically about how each selections fits into the larger themes presented throughout the book. "
Sarah Catherine Yercich (MS in Applied Criminology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff) is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University, where she teaches Criminology and a variety of other courses. Sarah has worked, studied, and conducted research in the criminal justice field for the last eight years and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Criminology in the near future. Her research focus areas include women and fear of victimization, domestic violence, juvenile justice, women's issues, and related topics within critical criminology.