Comprehensive, critical and accessible, Criminology: A Sociological Introduction offers an authoritative overview of the study of criminology, from early theoretical perspectives to pressing contemporary issues such as the globalisation of crime, crimes against the environment, terrorism and cybercrime.
Authored by an internationally renowned and experienced group of authors in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, this is a truly international criminology text that delves into areas that other texts may only reference. It includes substantive chapters on the following topics:
• Histories of crime;
• Theoretical approaches to crime and the issue of social change;
• Victims and victimisation;
• Crime, emotion and social psychology;
• Drugs, alcohol, health and crime;
• Criminal justice and the sociology of punishment;
• Green criminology;
• Crime and the media;
• Terrorism, state crime and human rights.
The new edition fuses global perspectives in criminology from the contexts of post-Brexit Britain and America in the age of Trump, and from the Global South. It contains new chapters on cybercrime; crimes of the powerful; organised crime; life-course approaches to understanding delinquency and desistance; and futures of crime, control and criminology.
Each chapter includes a series of critical thinking questions, suggestions for further study and a list of useful websites and resources. The book also contains a glossary of the criminological terms and concepts used in the book. It is the perfect text for students looking for a broad, critical and international introduction to criminology, and it is essential reading for those looking to expand their ‘criminological imagination’.
Part 1: The Criminological Imagination, 1. Introduction, 2. Histories of Crime, 3. Researching Crime, Part 2: Thinking About Crime, 4. Enlightenment and Early Traditions, 5. Early Sociological Thinking about Crime, 6. Radicalizing Traditions: Marxism, feminism and Foucault, 7. Crime, Social Theory and Social Change, 8. Crime, Place and Space, 9. Victims and Victimization, Part 3: Doing Crime, 10. Life Course Criminology, 11. Theft, Fraud and Other Property Crimes, 12. Crime, Sexuality and Gender, 13. Crime, the Emotions and Social Psychology, 14. Organised Crime, 15. Corporate Crime and Crimes of the Powerful, 16. Drugs, Alcohol, Health and Crime, Part 4: Controlling Crime, 17. Thinking about Punishment, 18. The Criminal Justice Process, 19. The Police and Policing, 20. Prisons and Imprisonment, Part 5: Globalising Crime, 21. Green Criminology and Environmental Crime, 22. Crime and Media, 23. Digital Criminology and Cybercrime, 24. Political Violence, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, 25.State Crime and War Crime, 25. Criminological Futures.
"The British have always done critical criminology well and this is by far one of the best introductions to critical criminology available. One of the strengths of this text and what distinguishes it from many market competitors is that the authors are scholars of international distinction who do groundbreaking research and don’t just report on it. They know their field and this allows them to avoid some of tropes and clichés encountered in other textbooks. And if you are looking for an introduction to criminology that avoids a lot of the parochialism of other texts, this is the one to read, with each new edition increasingly global in scale and ambition."
John Scott, Professor, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"Criminology: A Sociological Introduction continues to be one of the most accessible, engaging and stimulating Criminology textbooks on the market. Now in its fourth edition, this book takes students through the most important socio-criminological issues of our time and is a resource that they will return to throughout their degree studies."
Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK
"Like a Nebbiolo wine with well-balanced tannins, Criminology: A Sociological Introduction continues to age well; but like a nouveau, this latest edition is exuberant, fresh, vibrant and zesty! The authors should be commended for producing a volume that is both timeless and timely. It is the text for anyone interested in understanding sociological approaches to the study of crime and harm."
Avi Brisman, Associate Professor, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University, USA
"This new edition is a ‘must have’ companion to foundation courses in criminology. It's engaged with historical and contemporary debates within the field, provides updates on trends and sources, and includes new sections on life course and desistance and organized crime – all with their hallmark of the criminological imagination."
Karen A Joe Laidler, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
"This fascinating and engaging book unpacks the complex worlds of crime, criminality and criminal justice. A wonderful overview of criminology as a dynamic and critical field of inquiry and social practice. Not to be missed."
Rob White, Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia