Theories of Crime and Delinquency

By Jaeyong Choi

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Theories of Crime and Delinquency

by Jaeyong Choi, Ph.D.

Copyright © 2022

Subject: Criminal Justice

Keywords: crime, delinquency, theory, education


About the Book

This textbook introduces various perspectives on crime and delinquency so that students can critically think about the causes and consequences of crime and be more open-minded to different opinions from their own.


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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: What is Criminology, and why do we need this discipline?
  • Chapter 2: Measurements of Crime
  • Chapter 3: Myths regarding crime and justice
  • Chapter 4: Utilitarianism and Classical School of Criminology
  • Chapter 5: Biological Explanations of Crime
  • Chapter 6: The Chicago School of Criminology
  • Chapter 7: Anomie and Strain Theories
  • Chapter 8: Subcultural Theories
  • Chapter 9: Learning Theories
  • Chapter 10: Control Theories of Crime
  • Chapter 11: Labeling, Conflict, and Radical Theories



  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Edition: First

Recommended Citations

  • MLA: Choi, Jaeyong. Theories of Crime and Delinquency. First, West Chester University, 2022.
  • APA: Choi, J. (2022). Theories of Crime and Delinquency (First). West Chester University.
  • Chicago: Choi, Jaeyong. Theories of Crime and Delinquency. First. West Chester University, 2022.


  • Copyright © 2022, Jaeyong Choi, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, All rights reserved.