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Taking a sociological perspective, "CRIMINOLOGY: A SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING, 5/e "offers award-winning coverage of criminology and highlights issues of race, ethnicity, gender and social class throughout. Designed in a four-color format, this edition includes a new chapter on classical and neoclassical theories, over 160 recent references and unique chapters on political crime and public opinion, crime and the media. Moving beyond simple "get tough" approaches, the book emphasizes the need to understand social causes of criminal behavior in order to significantly reduce it.

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Steven E. Barkan is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine, where he has taught Introduction to Sociology and many other courses since 1979. His teaching and research interests include criminology, research methods, sociology of law, and social movements. Among his professional activities, he has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the American Sociological Association's Honors Program and the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He has served as the chair of SSSP's Law and Society Division and as an advisory editor of its journal, Social Problems. His previous books include: CRIMINOLOGY: A SOCIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING (third edition); FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (with George Bryjak); COLLECTIVE VIOLENCE (with Lynne Snowden); and PROTESTORS ON TRIAL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE SOUTHERN CIVIL RIGHTS AND VIETNAM ANTIWAR MOVEMENTS. Professor Barkan has also written numerous journal articles dealing with topics such as death penalty attitudes, political trials, feminist activism, and race and political participation, which have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Forum, Sociological Inquiry, Race and Society, and other journals.

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