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Key Ideas in Criminology


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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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The Crimmigrant Other: Migration and Penal Power

The Crimmigrant Other: Migration and Penal Power

1st Edition

Katja Franko
December 18, 2019

Western societies are immersed in debates about immigration and  illegality. This book examines these processes and outlines how the figure of the "crimmigrant other" has emerged not only as a central object of media and political discourse, but also as a distinct penal subject connecting...

The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

1st Edition

Steve Tombs, David Whyte
April 07, 2015

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...

Sentencing: Time for a Paradigm Shift

Sentencing: Time for a Paradigm Shift

1st Edition

Ralph Henham
August 30, 2013

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...

Feminist Criminology

Feminist Criminology

1st Edition

Claire M. Renzetti
May 21, 2013

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...

Public Criminology?

Public Criminology?

1st Edition

Ian Loader, Richard Sparks
July 05, 2010

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...

Genocidal Crimes

Genocidal Crimes

1st Edition

Alex Alvarez
October 15, 2009

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...

Security

Security

1st Edition

Lucia Zedner
March 19, 2009

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,...

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

1st Edition

Tony Ward, Shadd Maruna
May 03, 2007

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...

Penal Populism

Penal Populism

1st Edition

John Pratt
November 30, 2006

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...

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