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Criminology: A Sociological Introduction [Hardcover]

Eamonn Carrabine , Pamela Cox , Maggy Lee , Nigel South , Ken Plummer , Jackie Turton
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24 Dec 2008 0415464501 978-0415464505 2

The new edition of Criminology: A Sociological Introduction builds on the success of the first edition and now includes two new chapters: Crime, Place and Space, and Histories of Crime.

More than a collection of orthodox thinking, this fully revised and updated textbook is also ground in original research, and offers a clear and insightful introduction to the key topics studied in undergraduate criminology courses, including

  • crime trends, from historical overview to recent crime patterns
  • criminal justice system, including policing and prisons
  • ways of thinking about crime and control, from the origins of criminology to contemporary theories
  • research methods used by criminologists
  • new topics within criminology including terrorism, cybercrime, human rights, and emotion

The book is packed with contemporary international case studies and has a lively 2 colour text design to aid student revision. Specially designed to be accessible and user-friendly, the new edition is also supported by a fully interactive companion website which offers exclusive access to British Crime Survey data, as well as other student and lecturer resources.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415464501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415464505
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"Its topical and original approach makes this book definitely one of the most exciting introductions to criminology. By taking the implications of globalisation for criminology seriously, it is also one of the very few that is truly international. All this, combined with a lively style of writing and a rich selection of web-pages for further reading, makes it ideal to show how interesting and socially relevant criminology can be."René van Swaaningen, Professor of International & Comparative Criminology, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

"Criminology: A Sociological Introduction is that rare thing; a textbook that is attractive - in the sense of being beautifully written and lavishly produced - while not compromising on scholarly insight and rigour. Like the first edition, this new revised version does a remarkable job of pulling together a vast range of socio-criminological theories and topics, both ‘orthodox’ and emerging. The addition of new chapters on ‘Crime, Place and Space’, and ‘Histories of Crime’ support any claims to comprehensiveness. Although the book’s subtitle describes it as an ‘Introduction’, this is a resource that students will take through their entire degree studies and will return to again and again. Authoritative, yet frequently provocative, Carrabine and his colleagues manage to convey both enthusiasm and expertise. In short, the team at Essex are to be congratulated for bringing to a crowded marketplace an introductory criminology text that is genuinely, and refreshingly, different." – Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester, UK

"This second edition retains all the strengths of the first while adding important new work on contemporary issues. It gives students a thorough grounding not just in the traditional aspects of the discipline to do with crime, policing and punishment but in more current issues facing society like the ‘war on terror’ and the impact of globalization. The critical thinking questions listed in each chapter encourage students to think and read more deeply than many textbooks while the ‘Further Study’ topics are invaluable resources for directing their reading and research." – Mary Bosworth, Reader in Criminology, University of Oxford, UK

"This exciting new edition of Criminology: A Sociological Introduction takes readers into new areas of debate, including terrorism, global crime, cybercrime, place, space, and emotions relating to crime. The book is written with great clarity and authority, and successfully navigates new criminological contours and sociological debates about crime.  The authors combine fresh thinking about the established terrain of criminology with new questions about crime and responses to it, all the while grounding ideas in social theory and reflecting social change.   This is an excellent resource!" – Dr Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge, UK

"This is an unusually insightful and productive book precisely because of its sociological orientation and the specific expertise offered by each of its collective authors. The book is far-reaching in the topics covered, theoretically informed in its analysis, and user-friendly in its presentation. It presents key ideas and substantive issues in an exciting format, one that is guaranteed to stimulate, provoke and inform. This is not your ordinary criminological textbook." – Professor Rob White, University of Tasmania, Australia

"Criminology: A Sociological Introduction is a superb, thorough and engaging treatise on the emergence and debates in theory, methods, crime trends and the justice system. The book covers both the classic issues as well as the latest developments in understanding crime in the global context ranging from terrorism to cyber-crime and green crimes, and as such, has an international appeal. A must-read and terrific reference for students and scholars alike." – Dr Karen Joe Laidler, University of Hong Kong

"This is a welcome revised edition to Criminology: A sociological Introduction’. The addition of 2 new chapters as well as a website provides students will a timely, accessible and useful resource that covers the key debates and theoretical and methodological issues that all students in the criminological field should have a basic understanding of. The structure of the chapters and their content will engage and challenge students to think about crime from both a sociological and inter-disciplinary lens.  In particular the chapters on the globalization of crime will expose students to some of the big issues that we confront in the 21st century." – Professor Toni Makkai, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 

"The book is an important contribution that provides some benefit both for students of criminology in the United States but also for those who study criminology and criminal justice in Great Britain and Wales."The Journal of Criminal Justice Research


About the Author

Eamonn Carrabine, Pam Cox, Maggy Lee, Ken Plummer and Nigel South all
work in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Criminology stripped bare 21 July 2010
As a criminologist myself I found it refreshingly easy to read
From the basics to deviant behavior laid open for easy understanding
I recommend it for students, newly interested and qualified alike at times it gave a fresh outlook on clichéd event sociology
I gave it a 4 and not a 5 as at times it rambled to make a point
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction 30 April 2005
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A very good introduction to the field of criminology from a sociological perspective. There are many current examples which make reading it very interesting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really like the content 9 Feb 2014
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Perfect, help me with my studies, however the book have been so poorly made that the pages, (same as criminology) started to falling apart for the binding, is not right to page for a new book that is so poorly made...
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read 26 Oct 2013
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I chose the book for my criminology study and it has helped a great deal at looking at theories of criminology. thanks
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