Book Beat: September 2000

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application

Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and ApplicationRonald L. Akers, Department of Criminology and Law
(Roxbury Press, 2000)
Available through Amazon

The third edition of Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application is a concise but thorough review and appraisal of the leading theories of crime and criminal justice. In this best-selling book, esteemed criminologist Ronald L. Akers offers a knowledgeable and insightful introduction to and critique of each theory.

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To many students, criminal justice practitioners, and other people, theory has a bad name. In their minds, the word theory means an irrelevant antonym of fact. Facts are real, while theories seem to involve no more than impractical mental gymnastics. Theories are just fanciful ideas that have little to do with what truly motivates real people. This is a mistaken image of theory in social science in general and in criminology in particular. Theory, if developed properly, is about real situations, feelings, experience, and human behavior. An effective theory helps us to make sense of facts that we already know and can be tested against new facts.

What Works: A New Approach to Program and Policy Analysis

What Works: A New Approach to Program and Policy AnalysisKenneth J. Meier and Jeff Gill, Department of Political Science
(Westview Press, 2000)
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What Works: A New Approach to Program and Policy Analysis is a concise methods text that represents a new approach for policy program analysis. The authors, Kenneth J. Meier and Jeff Gill, combine statistics with normative concerns. They consider how things might be, and they focus on subsets of cases that differ from the norm. The case examples the authors employ and evaluate are especially helpful. This book will appeal to anyone seriously interested in policy analysis.

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This book is intended to introduce a new methodological approach, substantively weighted analytical techniques (SWAT), to analyzing data. This approach is focused on investigating subgroups in a given sample with the idea that what makes them different can be important. The differences are often of key substantive importance, such as which programs or agencies are performing at an unexpectedly high level given their available resources. This investigation of "what works" is typically interesting to both researchers and practitioners in public administration. Consequently we have written this book in such a way as to appeal to both audiences. This orientation relies heavily on real and practical examples as a way of illustrating SWAT techniques.

Hearing Many Voices

Hearing Many VoicesM.J. Hardman, Department of Anthropology
and Anita Taylor
(Hampton Press, 2000)
Available through Amazon

The goal of this volume is to hear, record, and help others hear some of the breadth and strength of voices of women often not heard. The chapters speak to some aspect of women and language in Japan, Southern India, Santa Domingo, Europe, Egypt, as well as Canada and the United States.

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An anthropologist in the early part of the 20th century, [Zora Neal Hurston] accomplished extraordinary feats considering how few women, and especially Black women, achieved any level of academic recognition during those years. Widely praised for her work by some of her contemporaries, Hurston persisted in working with language communities of poor and Black people. And she persisted in writing novels as well as "scholarship." The not surprising result is that she was unknown to succeeding generations as well until very recently....

The metaphor of voice and its recovery has been powerful in the 20th-century women's movement. Coming to realize we had voices that count and struggling to exercise those voices is in many ways "THE" story of this modern women's movement.

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