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Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) [Paperback]

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20 Nov 2002 0761941444 978-0761941446 Second Edition
`This second edition is an excellent updated collection. The volume's fifty essays provide invaluable sources for academics, students and practitioners interested in enduring and new criminological issues and concerns' - SCOLAG Legal Journal

`In its acumen and choice of readings it is simply the best accompanying reader for an undergraduate criminological theory course' -

Dr Colin Webster, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Teeside

`This is by far the most comprehensive and enjoyable reader in criminological theory. It is both international in its scope and historical in its depth. This is a must for a student beginning the subject or a postgraduate wanting to be reminded how criminology at its best can be so intellectually exhilarating. For the writer here are all the core articles you need for quick reference, for the teacher this is one book you can recommend with the knowledge that it can be used across topics whilst presenting the student with the width of perspective which is the basis of a sound education in the social sciences' - Jock Young, Visiting Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York

`Provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the critical issues and debates that are revitalising contemporary criminology. This genuinely international text will be an invaluable resource for both students and lecturers alike' - Professor Adam Crawford, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Department of Law, University of Leeds

The Second Edition of this highly successful and internationally acclaimed Reader, now fully revised and updated, provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the depth and diversity of criminological thinking. The carefully selected readings which cover the most significant theoretical and empirical work in the field, provide access to the core perspectives that underpin criminology and promote fresh debate at the interface of the different perspectives.

The Reader is organised into six sections: Part One: Criminological Formations; Part Two: Crime Causation; Part Three: Criminalisation; Part Four: Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention; Part Five: Discipline and Governance; Part Six: Criminological Transformations.

It contains new readings on:

· social control theory

· opportunity theory

· gender and crime control

· race and criminalisation

· the governance of crime

· psycho-social criminology

· cultural criminology

· global criminology.

In order to guide readers through the different perspectives, the text has a substantial introduction. Each part of the reader is also prefaced by a concise introduction that identifies the significance of each article.

The Second Edition of Criminological Perspectives offers the most comprehensive guide to the major topics and areas of debate that constitute contemporary criminology. It will be essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, social policy and social work.

Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings is the set book for The Open University course Crime, Order and Social Control (D315).



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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: 24.1 x 17.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OU D315 course reader 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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5.0 out of 5 stars School text book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Criminology 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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