For courses in Criminology, Criminological Theory, Theories of Crime, Crime in America. The authoritative resource for criminological theory. Criminological Theory, 6/e provides concise chronological coverage of all the major criminological theories. The text puts theories into socio-historical context to illustrate how and why certain theories evolved, why they were popular at particular points in time, and how they are still active and influential today. The authors also examine the research and policies that were inspired by each theory. Specifically designed to suit one-semester courses, students and instructors alike will appreciate the text's straight-forward approach, clear language, and comprehensive coverage.