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Sandra Walklate
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24 May 2011 0415575540 978-0415575546 2

As crime continues to be a high profile issue troubling politicians, the public and the media alike, the study of criminology has boomed. Providing an international and comparative introduction to the discipline, Criminology: The Basics is an accessible guide to the theoretical and practical approaches to the phenomena of crime. Topics covered in this new edition include:

  • challenging myths about crime and offenders
  • the search for criminological explanation
  • thinking about the victim of crime
  • introduction to critical criminology
  • crime prevention and the future of crime control
  • looking to the future, cultural criminology and terrorism.

Easy to read, concise and supported by a glossary of terms and pointers to further reading, Criminology: The Basics is a perfect introduction to this important and popular subject.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (24 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415575540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415575546
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sandra Walklate is Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Her previous publications include Understanding Criminology (3/e, Open University Press, 2007), Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice (2/e Willan Publishing 2004) and Imagining the Victim of Crime (Open University Press, 2007).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars first steps in criminology 8 Sep 2009
Excellent first introduction to the subject for a social sciences undergraduate persuing pre course reading for the OU second level criminology course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars worth buying 18 Nov 2010
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this book is good for beginners. It tells you the facts without too much technical jargon and was easy to understand.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable but flawed introduction 10 July 2008
Professor Walklate's introduction to the field of criminology promises to be "easy to read, concise and supported by a glossary of terms and pointers to further reading". The first is sadly wide of the mark, though the latter claims are substantiated by a reading of the text.
Criminology is a complex field and Professor Walklate's range of reference is helpful in breaking down the completing claims of various groups (sociologists, politicians, the judiciary etc) and their definition of the field. The use of case studies is also helpful, locating the sometimes obtuse academic praxis of the subject in readily identifiable narratives which shed an interesting light on both those narratives and the subject itself. As a basic guide, then, this is informative.
Unfortunately, the writing itself is, at times, shockingly bad. Whether this is the fault of the author herself or the editors at Routledge is of course unclear, but that such obfuscating and grammatically erroneous writing should be published is a sad reflection on both parties. Some examples from the first 15 pages:
"Psychologists, for example, explore how the mind works, sociolgists are interested in social structures, economics in economic systems..." (3)
"...pointing not only to its multi-disciplinarity but also to its theoretical diversity. Thus emphasising the highly contested nature of the discipline..." (7)
"However in order to do that it is important..." (7)
"Criminology embraced Comte's understanding of positivism and its historically significant links with policy; that is in wanting to manage social problems." (8)
"That understanding of positivism; a concern to measure the..." (8)
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