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Victims, Crime and Society

Victims, Crime and Society
An Introduction

Second Edition
Edited by:

April 2017 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book provides a thorough account of victimisation across the social spectrum of class, race, age and gender. The second edition has been fully revised and expanded, with two parts now spanning the key perspectives and issues in victimology.

Covering theoretical, social and political contexts, the book:

  • Includes new chapters on defining and constructing victims, fear and vulnerability, sexuality, white collar crime and the implications of crime policy on victims
  • Examines a global range of historical and theoretical perspectives in victimology and features a new chapter on researching victims of crime
  • Reinforces your learning through critical thinking sections, future research suggestions, chapter summaries and a glossary of key terms

Victims, Crime and Society is the essential text for your studies in victimology across criminology, criminal justice, community safety, youth justice and related areas.

Victims, Crime and Society: An Introduction
Defining Victims and Victimisation
News Media, Victims and Crime
Historical Perspectives in Victimology
Theoretical Perspectives in Victimology
Global Perspectives in Victimology
Fear, Vulnerability and Victimisation
Gender, Victims and Crime
Older People, Victims and Crime
Socio-Economic Inequalities, Victims and Crime
Race, Religion, Victims and Crime
Sexuality, Victims and Crime
Victims of the Powerful

Victimhood is never socially neutral. It involves powerful interests, diverse inequalities, and media representations that tend to privilege particular understandings of victims. This excellent text provides a critical interrogation of victimology by emphasising context and interpretation, politics and social justice. It, too, is not socially neutral, and we are all the better for it. 

Rob White
University of Tasmania

The first edition of the book came out in 2007. The publication of this second edition within ten years is timely and likely to be viewed positively by lawyers, students of law and criminology, policy-makers and players in the law and justice sector such as judicial officers, prosecutors, and prison administrators and by scholars of the sociology of crime.

Paul Kenneth Mwirigi Kinyua
New Journal of European Criminal Law

This will be adopted in 2020 for the level 5 students

Ms Anne Eason
Department of Health and Applied Social, University of The West of England
July 9, 2019

An excellent book on the subject, this book is an ideal companion for the foundation stage

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
July 27, 2017

This is an excellent introduction to the study of victims and victimisation. An accessible text that will be of great use to undergraduate students.

Dr Laura Connelly
Sch Nursing,Midwifery,Soc Wrk & Soc Sc, Salford University
June 21, 2017

A welcome addition to an area which is largely ignored by the criminal justice system and society as a whole - victims of crime. This book is well written and is a must for students who are studying a policing or criminology course at University.

Ms Sharon Gander
Law, Social Sciences & Communications, Wolverhampton University
February 20, 2017

This book is essential for students who are currently studying victimology. There are many activities which can be used. This is an easy read and covers a wide range of areas around victims. An excellent book which will be recommended to out library.

Mrs Chrissie Draper
Educational Psychology, Derby College
January 10, 2017
  • Two parts now spanning the key perspectives and issues in victimology
  • New chapters on defining and constructing victims, fear and vulnerability, sexuality, white collar crime and the implications of crime policy on victims
  • New chapter on researching victims of crime


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