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3rd Edition


ISBN 9781138643130
Published April 6, 2017 by Routledge
1168 Pages 217 Color & 351 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Comprehensive and accessible, Tim Newburn’s bestselling Criminology provides an introduction to the fundamental themes, concepts, theories, methods and events that underpin the subject and form the basis for all undergraduate degree courses and modules in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

This third edition includes:

    • A new chapter on politics, reflecting the ever increasing coverage of political influence and decision making on criminology courses
    • New and updated crime data and analysis of trends, plus new content on recent events such as the Volkswagen scandal, the latest developments on historic child abuse, as well as extended coverage throughout of the English riots
    • A fully revised and updated companion website, including exam, review and multiple choice questions, a live Twitter feed from the author providing links to media and academic coverage of events related to the concepts covered in the book, together with links to a dedicated textbook Facebook page

Fully updated to reflect recent developments in the field and extensively illustrated, this authoritative text, written by a leading criminologist and experienced lecturer, is essential reading for all students of Criminology and related fields.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding Crime and Criminology

1. Understanding Crime and Criminology

2. Crime and Punishment in History

3. Crime Data and Crime Trends

4. Crime and the Media

5. The Politics of Crime and its Control

Part 2: Understanding Crime: Theories and Concepts

6. Classicism and Positivism

7. Biological Positivism

8. Psychological Positivism

9. Durkheim, Anomie and Strain

10. The Chicago School, Subcultures and Cultural Criminology

11. Interactionism and Labelling Theory

12. Control Theories

13. Radical and Critical Criminology

14. Realist Criminology

15. Contemporary Classicism

16. Feminist Criminology

17. Late Modernity, Governmentality and Risk

Part 3: Understanding Crime: Types and Trends

18. Victims, Victimisation and Victimology

19. White Collar and Corporate Crime

20. Organised Crime

21. Violent and Property Crime

22. Drugs and Alcohol

Part 4: Understanding Criminal Justice

23. Penology and Punishment

24. Understanding Criminal Justice

25. Crime Prevention and Community Safety

26. Policing

27. Criminal Courts and the Court Process

28. Sentencing and Non-custodial Penalties

29. Prisons and Imprisonment

30. Youth Crime and Youth Justice

31. Restorative Justice

Part 5: Critical Issues in Criminology

32. Race, Crime and Criminal Justice

33. Gender, Crime and Justice

34. Criminal and Forensic Psychology

35. Green Criminology

36. Globalisation, Terrorism and Human Rights

Part 6: Doing Criminology

36. Understanding Criminological Research

37. Doing Criminological Research




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Tim Newburn is Professor of Criminology and Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He is the author or editor of over 35 books, including: Permission and Regulation: Law and Morals in Post-war Britain (Routledge, 1991); The Future of Policing (with Rod Morgan, 1997); Private Security and Public Policing (with Trevor Jones, 1998); Policy Transfer and Criminal Justice (with Trevor Jones, 2007); Handbook of Policing (2008); Key Readings in Criminology (2009) and the Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory (with McLaughlin, 2010). Tim Newburn is currently writing the ‘Offi cial History of Criminal Justice’ with David Downes and Paul Rock, and continues to work (with Andrew Ward) on a book entitled Orderly Britain: How We Solve Our Everyday Problems from Dog Mess to Double Parking .


"This book, now in its third edition, is still unsurpassed in terms of its depth, breadth and coverage for new undergraduate Criminology students. The addition of a chapter on politics and crime does what so few textbooks manage to do - locate criminology within its historical, social and political context. The live Twitter feed and Facebook page will complement the author's already well established position as the 'go to' criminologist on social media."

- Dr Sarah Charman, University of Portsmouth

"Criminology is by far the best, most comprehensive and authoritative textbook available. The third edition provides updated material on recent developments and an invaluable new chapter on the politics of crime control. The clarity of the writing, the breadth and depth of coverage, the links to further reading and to other relevant resources all make this a perfectly balanced introduction to the subject."

- Professor George Mair, Liverpool Hope University

"Comprehensive in its coverage and written in a manner that is accessible to all students, the third edition of Criminology underlines why it is the undergraduate textbook. The classic sections have been complemented by new chapters that help students understand how crime control does not take place in a vacuum (The Politics of Crime and its Control), as well as encouraging students to think critically about the crime information we consume (Crime Data and Crime Trends). The most valuable aspect of the text is how core research methods concepts are provided in the same books as criminological content, which helps students to see, and understand, the crucial link between theory and research. Without doubt, this textbook provides the starting point for any criminological discussion."

- Dr Vicky Heap, Sheffield Hallam University

"This is the most comprehensive, detailed and clearly structured introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice on the market. It has already become to go-to textbook for Criminology undergraduates, and with the addition of new material tackling the leading-edge debates shaping the field today, Tim Newburn has managed in this 3rd Edition to raise the bar even further. Just about every conceivable criminological concept, theory, method and approach is contextualised, outlined and evaluated. With extensive reading lists, smart discussion and revision questions, and a dynamic website, this textbook is a must for students of Criminology and Criminal Justice."

- Professor Chris Greer, City University London

"Tim Newburn’s Criminology continues to be a valuable resource to students seeking to engage with the capacious field that is criminology. The revised chapter on the politics of crime provides a neat, nuanced account of the politics of crime control over the past 50 years. In conjunction with the chapters on late modernity and penology (to take one set of examples), it will equip the inquisitive student with the tools with which to dive further into the murky depths of the politics of criminal justice. An enjoyable, engaging and authoritative text."

- Dr Harry Annison, Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Southampton

"Newburn's Criminology is already an indispensable text for students trying to navigate and make sense of the diverse and fast changing field of criminological scholarship. This updated edition builds on the
strengths of the first two. There are few texts on the market, if any, which balance comprehensive coverage and accessibility as well as this one."

- Professor Katja Franko, University of Oslo