This is a reasonable introduction to contemporary criminological debates, aimed at undergraduate students (from a social science background). This book is part of the course materials for the Open University's module 'Crime and Justice (DD301)', which was first presented in 2010. It can be utilised and drawn upon as a standalone textbook, and as such I do recommend it.
The book consists of seven chapters - each by various authors (and, as a whole, is edited by John Muncie, Deborah Talbot and Reece Walters). Each author contributes in terms of their particular area of expertise. The first chapter is perhaps the most interesting, as it asks the broadest questions - and seeks to decipher what the concept of 'crime' means and involves. In so doing, it makes use of various approaches - from 19th century positivism to 21st century social constructionism. Each of the remaining chapters focuses on a particular topic: urban segregation; cybercrime; gender abuse; corporate power; eco-crime; and state crime.
The book is written in an accessible manner, and is intended to help guide students. It does have a companion text: 'Criminal Justice' (2010), which I also recommend. If you're studying criminology and any of the topics I've just identified are relevant to you, then you'll probably find this book useful.
I did get this book as part of The Open University course. I do enjoy it as it show different aspects and levels of local, International, also virtual crime around us. The book also explore Eco-crime, corporative powers, terrorism and abuse in general. This book looked into different aspects of the crime and put across lot of interesting ides and views forward to think about.