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This collection of original essays is an innovative, effective way to teach crime theory to undergraduates. Each essay brings an important crime theory to life by applying that theory to a current crime event or topic of interest to students. An original introductory essay by Don Gibbons explains the origins of these different explanations for criminal behavior, and how they are similar to and different from one another.

Whither the Beast? The Role of Emotions in a Rational Choice Theory of Crime
Whither the beast? The role of emotions in a rational choice theory of crime

To the nonexpert, criminal behavior might seem to involve intense levels of emotion and emotional arousal.1 This is particularly likely to be true for violent crimes such as assault and rape, which appear to involve a heavy dose of emotional states (e.g., rage, righteousness, domination, anger, arrogance, lust). With a little careful thought, however, one could see that property crimes also are likely to be emotion-laden events for offenders, involving, for example, feelings of fear or risk, a sense of thrill, excitement/titillation, and anticipation. There also are less obvious emotional states that can motivate property crimes such ...

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