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Key Ideas in Criminology

Key Ideas in Criminology explores the major concepts, issues, debates and controversies in criminology. The series provides authoritative essays on central topics within the broader area of criminology. Each book adopts a strong individual ‘line’, constituting original essays rather than literature surveys and offers lively and agenda setting treatments of their subject matter.

These books will appeal to students, teachers and researchers in criminology, sociology, social policy, cultural studies, law and political science.

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  1. Sentencing

    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    By Ralph Henham

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Sentencing is the process through which the legitimacy of punishment is declared and justified. However, it is increasingly portrayed as a social activity which should be more responsive to the pluralistic needs and values of individuals and communities in contemporary society. It will therefore...

    Published August 30th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Feminist Criminology

    By Claire M. Renzetti

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Feminist criminology grew out of the Women’s Movement of the 1970s, in response to the male dominance of mainstream criminology – which meant that not only were women largely excluded from carrying out criminological research, they were also barely considered as subjects of that research. In this...

    Published May 21st 2013 by Routledge

  3. Contemporary Critical Criminology

    By Walter S. DeKeseredy

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    The concept of critical criminology – that crime and the present day processes of criminalization are rooted in the core structures of society – is of more relevance today than it has been at any other time. Written by an internationally renowned scholar, Contemporary Critical Criminology...

    Published August 11th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Public Criminology?

    By Ian Loader, Richard Sparks

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    What is the role and value of criminology in a democratic society? How do, and how should, its practitioners engage with politics and public policy? How can criminology find a voice in an agitated, insecure and intensely mediated world in which crime and punishment loom large in government agendas...

    Published July 5th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Genocidal Crimes

    By Alex Alvarez

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Genocide has emerged as one of the leading problems of the twentieth century. No corner of the world seems immune from this form of collective violence. While many individuals are familiar with the term, few people have a clear understanding of what genocide is and how it is carried out. This book...

    Published October 15th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Security

    By Lucia Zedner

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Just a decade ago security had little claim to criminological attention. Today a combination of disciplinary paradigm shifts, policy changes, and world political events have pushed security to the forefront of the criminological agenda. Distinctions between public safety and private protection,...

    Published March 19th 2009 by Routledge

  7. Rehabilitation

    By Tony Ward, Shadd Maruna

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Over the last two decades, empirical evidence has increasingly supported the view that it is possible to reduce re-offending rates by rehabilitating offenders rather than simply punishing them. In fact, the pendulum’s swing back from a pure punishment model to a rehabilitation model is arguably one...

    Published May 3rd 2007 by Routledge

  8. Penal Populism

    By John Pratt

    Series: Key Ideas in Criminology

    Expertly drawing on international examples and existing literature, Penal Populism closes a gap in the field of criminology. In this fascinating expose of current crime policy John Pratt examines the role played by penal populism on trends in contemporary penal policy. Penal populism is associated...

    Published November 30th 2006 by Routledge

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Forthcoming Books

  1. Rehabilitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm, 2nd Edition
    By Tony Ward, Shadd Maruna
    To Be Published April 14th 2015
  2. Policing: Conceptualisations and Practices of Security
    By Michael Kempa, Clifford D. Shearing
    To Be Published April 29th 2015
  3. The Corporate Criminal
    By Steve Tombs, David Whyte
    To Be Published April 29th 2015
  4. Crime Prevention
    By Ken Pease
    To Be Published May 30th 2015
  5. Re-Imagining Juvenile Justice
    By Barry Goldson
    To Be Published June 29th 2015

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