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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 4 edition (29 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199205434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199205431
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 4.8 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Maguire is Professor of Criminology, University of Glamorgan

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Quoad on 22 July 2007
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Right. I guess I should precis this review by stating quite explicitly that I'm a raging criminology geek. I was determined not to write a review until I had read the OHC cover-to-cover. And it has been well worth the experience. I went into the second year of a Criminology BSc with no criminological background, and decided to spend a couple of months before the start of term reading the third edition cover to cover. I feel that the background the OHC gave me provided a springboard for getting a first. The outstanding wealth and depth of knowledge has to be seen to be believed - I would happily be giving it away as a birthday present left, right and center if it wasn't for the sure and certain knowledge that doing so would get me a hearty slap from my non-criminological family.

I am starting a Masters (hopefully leading into a PhD) this October; given that the 3rd edition seemed to give me a huge amount, I decided to do my best to read the 4th edition cover to cover before October. My copy is now dog-eared, much-loved, and covered liberally in pencil scrawls. I feel far, far more comfortable at the prospect of going back into academia having spent just over a year in very non-academic work.

The one real tragedy for me is the conflation of Loraine Gelsthorpe's and Frances Heidensohn's chapters. In the third edition, they respectively covered Feminism and Criminology and Gender and Crime. In the fourth edition, they co-author a single chapter on Gender and Crime. I personally find it deeply frustrating that two beautifully written, detailed and very discrete chapters have been merged into one. Loraine Gelsthorpe's chapter on feminism and criminology was my introduction to feminist criminology - something I have every intention of carrying into my MPhil / (hopefully) PhD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By StrawberryTree on 8 Oct. 2008
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this book was recommended to me by my Criminology module tutor on my law degree course. I have found it helpful, and there is much detail, yet at the same time it is readable. Probably the most helpful textbook on Criminology for degree level that you will find.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maddie on 4 Dec. 2011
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My most useful book for my criminology course yet! Respected academics and lecturers love to hear us referencing from this book. The book arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Christidou on 8 Nov. 2009
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I was given this book as a gift when I was taking my Criminology class. I loved this book. I almost read it cover to cover. Very well written in my opinion. I think it is one of the very few textbooks that I enjoyed reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jones on 17 Jan. 2012
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Therer are hundrerds of books dealing with criminology. The advantge of having this one is that it covers everything, perhaps not in as much detail as other books devoted to fewer, more specific areas of the subject, but make no mistake this is an invaluable and comprehensive reference book for anyone studying criminology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helga on 2 Jan. 2009
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Oxford...the best out there! Excellent, compact and true value for money. Up to date information, brilliant english writting and a must have reference book for students, teachers and professionals alike. I recommend this as a must have book in your library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kai on 22 Oct. 2011
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Comprehensive, objective & easy to read. This book is rightly considered 'essential reading' for most under-grad criminologists.
I still refer back to this book as a post-grad.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SSF on 8 July 2010
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The book has everything any criminologist could need. I study law but chose a criminology module and this book completely covered everything we done, and apart from cases (which the book would obviously not have anyways) I rarely had to look elsewhere. Recommend entirely.
However, do not buy from amazon, after forking out quite a bit of cash for this book, i expected a pretty pristine copy, but no. the book i received could hardly be described as "new", the back was all bashed up there were markings on the side etc. may be a bit pedantic but i expect a "new" book when i pay for one!!
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