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.

  • The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished book cover

    The Corporate Criminal

    Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

    By Steve Tombs, David Whyte

    Drawing upon a wide range of sources of empirical evidence, historical analysis and theoretical argument, this book shows beyond any doubt that the private, profit-making, corporation is a habitual and routine offender.  The book dissects the myth that the corporation can be a rational, responsible…

    Paperback – 2015-04-07
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  • Sentencing: Time for a Paradigm Shift book cover


    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    By Ralph Henham

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-08-30
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  • Feminist Criminology book cover

    Feminist Criminology

    By Claire M. Renzetti

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-05-21
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  • Contemporary Critical Criminology book cover

    Contemporary Critical Criminology

    By Walter S. DeKeseredy

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-08-11
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  • Public Criminology? book cover

    Public Criminology?

    By Ian Loader, Richard Sparks

    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…

    Paperback – 2010-07-05
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  • Genocidal Crimes book cover

    Genocidal Crimes

    By Alex Alvarez

    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…

    Paperback – 2009-10-15
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  • Security book cover


    By Lucia Zedner

    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,…

    Paperback – 2009-03-19
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  • Rehabilitation book cover


    By Tony Ward, Shadd Maruna

    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…

    Paperback – 2007-05-03
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  • Penal Populism book cover

    Penal Populism

    By John Pratt

    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…

    Paperback – 2006-11-30
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