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The Sage Dictionary of Criminology Paperback – 23 Oct 2012
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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.
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.
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 Criminology, Critical 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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A must buy for all students!
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).
It's good and informative but may not cover exactly everything you need.
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I'm a 2nd year student and I wish in had this from the beginning. It explains the theories and concepts really goodPublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book - was recommended to me, to carry me through not just my first year studies but all three. Has something on everything:-)Published on 3 Dec. 2014 by Drella
Very interesting for the novice who wants to gain a good understanding of this fascinating subject!Published on 21 Aug. 2014 by Lion
Bought on recommendation of my lecturer. So far it has been helpful for my studies. What more can I say.Published on 18 Mar. 2014 by Christine