Crime and Criminal Justice provides students with a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the study of criminology by taking an interdisciplinary approach to explaining criminal behaviour and criminal justice.
The book is divided into two parts, which address the two essential bases that form the discipline of criminology. Part One describes, discusses and evaluates a range of theoretical approaches that have offered explanations for crime, drawing upon contributions from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, and biology. It then goes on to apply these theories to specific forms of criminality. Part Two offers an accessible but detailed review of the major philosophical aims and sociological theories of punishment, and examines the main areas of the contemporary criminal justice system – including the police, the courts and judiciary, prisons, and more recent approaches to punishment.
Presenting a clear and thorough review of theoretical thinking on crime, and of the context and current workings of the criminal justice system, this book provides students with an excellent grounding in the study of criminology.
Part 1: Exploring and Explaining Crime 1. Introduction – Crime: The Historical Context 2. Biological Explanations for Criminal Behaviour 3. Psychological Explanations for Criminal Behaviour 4. Sociological Explanations for Criminal Behaviour 5. Explaining the Criminal Behaviour of Women 6. Explaining the Criminal Behaviour of Ethnic Minorities Part 2: Exploring and Explaining Criminal Justice 7. Why Punish? Philosophies of Punishment 8. Theories of Punishment 9. The History of Crime and Justice 10. Victimology 11. Police and Policing 12. The Courts, Sentencing and the judiciary 13. Prisons and Imprisonment
Review 1 Southampton (middle ranking dept).We will include more on contemporary theorising. We are aware of the Hale et al book, We can do as good a job (but some will always like an Oxford Univ Press publication).
Review 2 (Kent – high ranking dept.) not entirely negative, main gist is that books is too low a level – I was hoping for this comment.
Review 3 (Huddersfield (low ranking dept) very positive and coming from a similar perspective/approach – would adopt the book 2 x 120 students
Review 4 (Coventry middle ranking dept)- some useful points – would like to see the book developed and published.
The reviews seem to confirm that there is a gap for the proposed multidisciplinary intro textbook that aims at low/middle ranking universities that teach a the multidisciplinary approach. The author has taken the suggestions by reviewer 3 and 4 and to a certain extent 1 on board and has revised the proposal accordingly.