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  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Second Edition edition (20 Nov. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761941444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761941446
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Research. He is also a member of the Centre for Law Justice and Journalism. He completed his postgraduate criminology studies at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield. Eugene has held various academic appointments including at the University of Hong Kong, the Open University and the University of Southampton. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, the Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is an associate editor of Crime, Media and Cultureand is on the editorial board of Criminal Justice Matters. He has served on the editorial boards of the British Journal of CriminologyCritical Social Policy, the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and was co-editor of Theoretical Criminology.


John Muncie is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Youth and Crime (4th edition, Sage, 2014), and he has published widely on issues in comparative youth justice and children’s rights, including the co-edited companion volumes Youth Crime and Justice and Comparative Youth Justice (Sage, 2006). He has produced numerous Open University texts and readers, including Crime: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), The Problem of Crime (2nd edition, Sage, 2001), Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Sage, 2001) and Imprisonment: European Perspectives (Harvester, 1991). He has also contributed nine volumes to the The Sage Library of Criminology (Sage, 2007–2009). He is co-editor of the Sage journal Youth Justice: An International Journal.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2003
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Essentially, I HAD to read this for the Open University D315 course - but it has to be said it is an easy read. Seperated into key blocks makes for easy navigation and the articles included are varied and very helpful to any criminology student. I find that very few course readers are as interesting as this one proved to be, it is a really handy book for students(see also the Sage dictionary of Criminology - excellent too)
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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology is a very broad overview of a vast array of sources, with chapters averaging forty-ish pages and extensive bibliographies to each. It is very much a secondary analysis text to my eyes; a comprehensive collating of data that gives an overview of criminology that is second to none. The Oxford Handbook has been (for me) a far better introduction to criminology, and is written in a way that I find far more accessible. The fourth edition of the OHC is - furthermore - at the time of writing far descriptive of contemporary criminology. It was published in 2007 with the chapters being written as descriptive of contemporary criminology.

Criminological perspectives is a different beast altogether. It's aimed at scratching an itch. Yes - it is extremely comprehensive; and most of the sources it covers are snippets from original works that the OHC will build on, develop and extrapolate from. Criminological perspectives offers many of the roots which have burgeoned into the fields that the OHC covers. So - for example - the first few chapters are snippets directly from the writings of Quetelet, Lombroso, Beccaria, Bonger, Durkheim, Bentham, etc. A sizeable chunk of Sykes' and Matza's 'Techniques of Neutralization' is reproduced from 1957 without critique or commentary - it is a chunk of the original article reprinted (as a brief rummage around JSTOR will verify).

Eysenck's explanation of his psychological approach is reproduced, Becker, Hirschi and Gottfredson, Dori Klein, Felson, Bottoms and Wiles, Foucault, Currie, James Q Wilson, Jock Young (and Taylor, Walton and Young separately), Box, Stanley Cohen... The list goes on, and on, and on.
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By D. Wragg on 9 Mar. 2009
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Covers most of the main criminology terms in easy to undersatnd language. A good reference book and usefull when constructing essays.
A bit on the bulky side (not pocket sized), a warning not a problem.
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By Aamina Bashir on 8 Nov. 2012
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This book is very complicated but it has some really great points and can be useful for exam revision
I would also recommend this book to criminology students!!!
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By Sham on 28 Sept. 2011
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Fatst delivery, absolutly great it was as good as new in a great condition. Really pleased with it needed it for starting university.
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By Yvette Morgan on 20 May 2014
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Bought the book, was a bit apprehensive, but was wonderfully surprised. Will use service again for Uni books. Well dine
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By Equechie on 24 Oct. 2013
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Needed to buy it for school as I was taking Criminology. It was really helpful throughout the module! Great overall!
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