Customer Reviews


9 Reviews
5 star:
 (5)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OU D315 course reader
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...
Published on 21 Nov 2003

versus
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Criminological Texts
If one studies Criminology one becomes concerned by an increasingly left wing (even Marxist) slant on much material, and this compendium, which encapsulated earlier Open University sources,was previously felt relevant to Criminological studies and to be highly relevant. So even if,(like me), you resent the high-jacking of the debate by those of the left wing who argue...
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Keith A. Chittenden


Most Helpful First | Newest First

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OU D315 course reader, 21 Nov 2003
By A Customer
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
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)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic as an in-depth secondary text. Paints the individual trees in the forest particularly well., 29 July 2007
By 
Mrs Quoad (Huddersfield) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
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. All original texts reproduced in chunks of anywhere from two pages of Foucault on governmentality, up to twenty pages of assorted other authors.

The point of Criminological Perspectives - to my eyes - is not to provide the broad, removed, beautifully detailed overview and secondary analysis of the Oxford Handbook. It is not designed to be a text that paints a forest; rather it is a text that paints in the original trees in their glorious original technicolour.

As such Criminological Perspectives is not as easygoing as the OHC. It is more detailed, more challenging, and far harder-going in places. Yet it gathers up a wealth of detail and original sources that show where the OHC has come from, and offers many of the texts that the OHC refers to time and time again. It complements the OHC beautifully because each scratches an itch that the other one is not targeted at scratching.

If a budding criminologist is only going to buy one text, I'd recommend the OHC with all my heart. But if there's room in your wallet for a second text and you really are prepared to work for your degree / qualification / whatever, then Criminological Perspectives remains a fantastic and thoroughly worthwhile addition.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
Bought the book, was a bit apprehensive, but was wonderfully surprised. Will use service again for Uni books. Well dine
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars School text book, 24 Oct 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
Needed to buy it for school as I was taking Criminology. It was really helpful throughout the module! Great overall!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Criminology, 8 Nov 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
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!!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic is AS GOOD AS NEW, 28 Sep 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
Fatst delivery, absolutly great it was as good as new in a great condition. Really pleased with it needed it for starting university.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4.0 out of 5 stars Fab!!, 25 Sep 2010
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
Fantastic thanks very much just in time for my first lecture on Monday, fast delivery :)great comms!!:)
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book, 9 Mar 2009
By 
D. Wragg "Dawggg" (UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Criminological Texts, 17 Jan 2011
By 
Keith A. Chittenden (Stroud UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
This review is from: Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University) (Paperback)
If one studies Criminology one becomes concerned by an increasingly left wing (even Marxist) slant on much material, and this compendium, which encapsulated earlier Open University sources,was previously felt relevant to Criminological studies and to be highly relevant. So even if,(like me), you resent the high-jacking of the debate by those of the left wing who argue that corporate and state excesses exonerate all members of society from free-will generated responses and responsibilities, this compendium is a useful accretion of the views we reject.

Professor Sir Keith Chittenden
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Published in association with The Open University)
27.99
Not in stock; order now and we'll deliver when available
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews