The field of crime and delinquency attracts a great deal of heated and partial opinion, prejudice and other forms of mal-thinking. When there is a scientific approach there tends to be a psychological explanation. This book, first published in 1971, is a corrective to both trends. It is a discussion of criminal behaviour in relation to a wide range of behaviours which could be called deviance and regards the whole field from the sociological point of view. The whole discussion is related to social policy, and is vital reading for students of sociology and criminology.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: some problems of traditional criminology 2. An alternative perspective 3. The paradox of social control and the normality of crime 4. Crime in particular social structures 5. Sociological interpretations of juvenile delinquency 6. Criminology, sociology, crime and social policy; Suggestions for further reading; Bibliography