Criminology is in a period of much theoretical ferment. Older theories have been revitalized, and newer theories have been set forth. This collection begins with an assessment of three perspectives that have long been at the core of criminology: social learning theory, control theory, and strain theory.
Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. John Paul Wright is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. Kristie R. Blevins is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.