Theoretical Integration in the Study of Deviance and Crime
Problems and Prospects
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How to best generate theoretical growth in the contemporary study of deviance and crime has been the source of much debate. This book represents a diverse range of viewpoints concerned about theoretical integration and its benefits.
The chapters encompass both discussion of the requisites for integrating theories and examinations of methodological strategies to test these theories. By providing a source for those grappling with the issue of theoretical integration, the book is sure to stimulate further theoretical development in the sociology of deviance and in criminology.
Steven F. Messner and Marvin D. Krohn are Associate Professors in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. Allen E. Liska is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the author of The Impact of Attitudes on Behavior: The Consistency Controversy and Perspectives on Deviance.
"This text represents the first bona fide attempt to advance criminological theory. " — Colin Goff, Dept. of Sociology, University of Brunswick
"This is a useful work which cannot be ignored by serious researchers and theorists. It offers not only full coverage of the issues to be faced in serious research from now on, but several guides (or rather options) for specific ways of dealing with those issues. " — Austin T. Turk, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto