The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology
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The two-volume Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology, available in print and online, is the definitive reference resource for theoretical criminology.  This encyclopedia offers a state-of-the-art survey of leading theories, concepts, and key figures in the field. It combines this breadth of coverage with the authority and international perspective of an experienced team of contributors, creating a definitive reference resource for students, scholars, and professionals.

  • Broad coverage spans the origins and evolution of leading theories, major theorists, concepts, applications, and degree of empirical support for both criminology and justice
  • Edited by a leading team of experts in the field and enhanced by contributions from an international group of leading criminology and criminal justice scholars
  • Offers a global perspective from an international team of leading scholars, including coverage of the strong and rapidly growing body of work on criminology in Europe and other areas
  • Includes coverage of theories of justice, crime, applied criminology, and traditional and alternative criminological theories
2 Volumes


Editor-in-Chief J. Mitchell Miller is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. He is the former editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice and Journal of Criminal Justice Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and a Past President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. Dr. Miller has authored multiple books including Crime and Criminals (with Frank R. Scarpitti and Amie L. Nielsen, 2nd edition, ed. 2009) and Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction (with Christopher J. Schreck, Richard Tewksbury, and J. C. Barnes, 4th edition, 2013).


About the Editors vii

Notes on Contributors ix

Lexicon xxxv

Preface xxxix

Volume I Theoretical Criminology A–K 1

Volume II Theoretical Criminology L–Z 487

Index 957


“The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminologyis a good addition to community college and university collections that support the study of criminology, sociology and psychology.”  (Reference Reviews, 1 October 2015)

“Summing Up:  Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers.”  (Choice, 1 December 2014)


The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology captures criminology’s rich heritage in a comprehensive manner, presenting its key ideas and thinkers incisively. It will soon become the go-to book for anyone seeking a cutting edge guide to where criminology’s debates began and what they yielded.”

 —David Gadd, The University of Manchester

"An all-inclusive collection of original works prepared by both leading criminological theorists and up and coming new theorists. As such, it artfully blends traditional theory with the very latest developments in every relevant criminological area."

—Mark Murfee Lanier, The University of Alabama

“A two-volume comprehensive collection of informative, substantive entries covering the breadth of theoretical criminology. It will prove itself an essential reference for students wanting to know the tradition, development and scope of approaches to crime.”

—Lance H. Selva, Middle Tennessee State University