This edition provides an interdisciplinary coverage of new understandings of the most important developments in the sociology of crime and deviance that is current and emerging for research, methodology, practice, and theory in criminology. It fosters research to take the fields of criminology and criminal justice in new directions. Unlike any other handbook, it includes chapters on cutting-edge quantitative data and analytical techniques that are shaping the future of empirical research and expanding theoretical explanations of crime and deviance. It further devotes a section to the most current and innovative methodological issues. Chapters are updated providing an inclusive discussion of the current research and the theoretical and empirical future of crime and deviance. This handbook is of great interest for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, researchers and scholars in criminology, criminal justice, sociology and related fields, such as social welfare, economics, and psychology. The book discusses current research in the sociology of crime and deviance and incorporates the author's suggestions for future directions; includes chapters explaining causes of crime, from an innovative theoretical and methodological approach; and offers contemporary perspectives of issues related to crime and deviance by leading scholars and researchers.