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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd; 3 edition (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446200833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446200834
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
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With the publication of the third edition of this work Eugene McLaughlin and John Muncie have consolidated their position as criminology's lexicographers. This thoughtful compilation will allow students to enhance their appreciation of the discipline's boundaries while at the same time sharpening their critical faculties so that they can redraw them.


Ian O'Donnell
Professor of Criminology, University College Dublin


Criminology has its own, special language and it can be confusing even to experienced criminologists. This Third Edition of The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology is an indispensible tool for interpreting and navigating this ever-changing field, with packed and theoretically weighty entries written by the original researchers and theoreticians themselves. Essential for teaching, studying and doing this thing we call criminology.


Shadd Maruna
Professor of Justice Studies, Queen's University Belfast


The editors should be commended on assembling an impressive array of contributors to comprehensively cover the historical and contemporary development of criminology. Theory, methods, policy and specialized areas are cogently explicated by leading authorities in the field offering perspectives from mainstream to critical criminology and everything in between. A great addition to any social scientific library!


David C. Brotherton
Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

About the Author

Eugene McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Centre for Crime and Justice Research. He is also a member of the Centre for Law Justice and Journalism. He completed his postgraduate criminology studies at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sheffield. Eugene has held various academic appointments including at the University of Hong Kong, the Open University and the University of Southampton. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, the Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is an associate editor of Crime, Media and Cultureand is on the editorial board of Criminal Justice Matters. He has served on the editorial boards of the British Journal of CriminologyCritical Social Policy, the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and was co-editor of Theoretical Criminology.


John Muncie is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Youth and Crime (4th edition, Sage, 2014), and he has published widely on issues in comparative youth justice and children’s rights, including the co-edited companion volumes Youth Crime and Justice and Comparative Youth Justice (Sage, 2006). He has produced numerous Open University texts and readers, including Crime: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), The Problem of Crime (2nd edition, Sage, 2001), Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Sage, 2001) and Imprisonment: European Perspectives (Harvester, 1991). He has also contributed nine volumes to the The Sage Library of Criminology (Sage, 2007–2009). He is co-editor of the Sage journal Youth Justice: An International Journal.


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I highly recommend this book to all criminology students. I'm a mature student in my first year of a degree and have found this so useful! It's explains a lot of things in more simple terms.
A must buy for all students!
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2015
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I recently viewed this 3rd edition in a library, and after 10 minutes flicking through it decided to place it back on the shelf (and made the decision that I wouldn't be buying a copy). I'd previously owned - given as a gift - a copy of the original edition, and found it to be far too short (with important terms, ideas, concepts, theories, etc.) missing from the text; and, making matters worse, many of those entries that are present are poorly discussed. So I quickly gave this unwanted gift away!

I work as a criminology lecturer, and have taught this subject (to second and third year undergraduate students) for 11 years. In my role as a criminology lecturer, I often guide students towards those books that (a) can best help them develop a good knowledge of the subject, and (b) make the reader question many of the taken for granted ideas and arguments that form the foundation of the subject. With regard to the former, a 'dictionary' can be useful ... but there are far better criminology dictionaries / handbooks available than this.

In my opinion, this Sage publication is the worst dictionary of criminology I've come across. Yes, this 3rd edition is a little better than the original edition (it's filled-out a bit), but still too much is missing. I'd say that an 'A' level student, new to criminology, might find this book of some (limited) use, but this dictionary is far too weak of a publication to be of genuine assistance to degree students ... And, as a word of warning, if you are studying for a degree in criminology and you think that making use of this book will somehow broaden your knowledge or help you gain higher marks in your assignments, think again!

Overall, avoid this book. That is, unless you are actively seeking a text that over-simplifies almost everything it discusses (while omitting almost everything of real importance).
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I used this book when doing OU courses, if is straight forward and the explanations given enable inclusion in your essays.
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This is a very useful book for any students or lecturers but it's doesn't contain everything (how could a book do that?) so sometimes I find myself trying to find definitions from elsewhere, usually on the internet. Being a current student I found this extremely useful in first year but not so much in second year so far.

It's good and informative but may not cover exactly everything you need.
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I thought i will quickly scan through the contents of the book the moment it was in my hands. I ended up reading for hours non-stop and finding myself drawn in each and every subject wanting to read more. This will, without a doubt be my companion in my studies. Good quality and easy reading even for a non-English reader like myself!
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Explains things simply so I understand theories that I have never read about provides extended reading which helps if I need a jumping off point for an essay. Definitely get it especially if you are a first year like me.
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Very disappointed with the state of this book. Opened package and book certainly doesn't look new. Pages are bent, cover is damaged, inside is dirty. Don't expect this especially when it wasn't exactly cheap.
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Excellent definitions provided for Sociological terms. Will be well used on starting University this year. Recommend for all students of Sociology. You will use this book.
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