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Criminological Perspectives

Criminological Perspectives
Essential Readings

Third Edition
Edited by:

February 2013 | 768 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This revised and expanded Third Edition of the internationally acclaimed Criminological Perspectives is the most comprehensive reader available in the field. Wide-ranging and global in scope and coverage, Criminological Perspectives will enable you to critically engage with the various concepts and theoretical positions that you'll encounter throughout your studies.

In addition to essays that have had a seminal influence on the development of criminology, new articles have been included to cover topics of contemporary criminological significance, including:

- surveillance

- digitized crime

- terrorism and political violence

- environmental crime

- human trafficking

- techno-social networks

- narco-crime

- global inequalities

The 56 articles are organised thematically, complete with introductions that place them in context and to illustrate the approaches taken by different schools of criminological thought.

Criminological Perspectives will prove an indispensible resource, whether you're studying criminology, criminal justice studies, socio-legal studies, penology, security studies, surveillance studies, or sociology.

Cesare Beccaria
(1764) On Crimes and Punishments
Jeremy Bentham
(1791) Panopticon or the Inspection House, &C.
Adolphe Quetelet
(1842) Of the Development of the Propensity to Crime
Cesare Lombroso and William Ferrero
(1895) The Criminal Type in Women and Its Atavistic Origin
Enrico Ferri
(1901) Causes of Criminal Behaviour
Frederick Engels
(1845) The Condition of Working Classes in England
William Bonger
(1916) Criminality and Economic Conditions
Peter Kropotkin
(1898) Law and Authority
Emile Durkheim
(1895) The Normal and the Pathological
Robert K Merton
(1938) 'Social Structure and Anomie',
Sarnoff A Mednick, William F Gabrielli Jr and Barry Hutchings
(1987) Genetic Factors in the Etiology of Criminal Behaviour
H J Eysenck
(1987) Personality Theory and the Problem of Criminality
David P Farrington
(1999) A Criminological Research Agenda for the Next Millennium
Charles Murray
(1990) The Underclass
John Lea and Jock Young
(1984) Relative Deprivation
Rodney Stark
(1987) Deviant Places: A Theory of the Ecology of Crime
Travis Hirschi and Michael R Gottfredson
(1994) The Generality of Deviance
Marcus Felson
(2000) The Routine Activity Approach as a General Crime Theory
Dorie Klein
(1973) The Etiology of Female Crime
Jack Katz
(1988) Seductions and Repulsions of Crime
Gresham M Sykes and David Matza
(1957) Techniques of Neutralization
Howard Becker
(1963) Outsiders
Stanley Cohen
(1967) Mods, Rockers and the Rest: Community Reactions to Juvenile Delinquency,
William J Chambliss
(1975) Toward a Political Economy of Crime
Steven Box
(1983) Crime, Power and Ideological Mystification
Angela Y Davis
(1998) Race and Criminalization: Black American and the Punishment Industry
Louk H C Hulsman
(1986) Critical Criminology and the Concept of Crime
Jock Young
(1986)The Need for a Radical Realism
Jeff Ferrell
(1999) Cultural Criminology
James Q Wilson
(1975) On Deterrence
Andrew von Hirsch
(1976) Giving Criminals Their Just Deserts
Francis T Cullen and Karen E Gilbert
(1982) The Value of Rehabilitation
Ronald V G Clarke
(1980) 'Situational' Crime Prevention: Theory and Practice
Elliott Currie
(1991) Social Crime Prevention Strategies in a Market Society
Nils Christie
(1977) Conflicts as Property
John Braithwaite
(1989) Reintegrative Shaming
William De Haan
(1991) Abolitionism and Crime Control
James Q Wilson and George L Kelling
(1982) Broken Windows: The Police and Neighbourhood Safety
Martha Gever
(2005) The Spectacle of Crime, Digitized. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and social anatomy
Michel Foucault
(1977) The Carceral
Stanley Cohen
(1979) The Punitive City: Notes on the Dispersal of Social Control
Clifford D Shearing and Philip C Stenning
(1985) From the Panopticon to Disney World: The Development of Discipline
Malcolm M Feeley and Jonathan Simon
(1992) The New Penology
Pat O'Malley
(1992) Risk, Power and Crime Prevention
Jonathan Simon
(1997) Governing Through Crime
Mike Davis
(1994) Beyond Bladerunner: Urban Control. The Ecology of Fear
David Lyon
'Globalising Surveillance: Comparative and Sociological Perspectives
Loïc Wacquant
(2008) Ordering Insecurity: Social Polarisation and the Punitive Upsurge'
Janet Chan
(2000) Globalisation, Reflexivity and the Practice of Criminology
Neil Middleton
(1998) Poverty Goes Global
Moisés Naím
(2011) The Drug Trade: The Politicization of Criminals and the Criminalization of Politicians
Ulrich Beck
(2002) The Terrorist Threat: World Risk Society Revisited
Stanley Cohen
(1993) Human rights and Crimes of the State
Rob White
(2003) Environmental Issues and the Criminological Imagination.
Jackie Turner and Liz Kelly
(2009) Trade Secrets: Intersections Between Diasporas and Crime Groups in the Constitution of the Human Trafficking Chain
Sheila Brown
(2006) The Criminology of Hybrids: Rethinking Crime and Law in Techno-social Networks

This book is easy reading and one which UG students will find useful on any Criminology programme. Especially useful to those students who find theory difficult to grasp.

Ms Lucy Baldwin
Div. of Social Work, De Montfort University
October 6, 2014

This book provides an excellent reference book with its wide range of Criminological theory

As such it will prove to be a book used time and again throughout a students journey from foundation level and to the completion of the Criminology Degree

It also brings Criminology and Criminal Justice to address modern dilemas related to Human Rights and threats facing todays society and in doing so provides a comprehensive reference book to draw upon developing Criminology in providing explanations for human behavior

The wide ranging focus of the book also provides insight into how reserch and theory can help shape future social policy and the management of Risk

Mr John Rotherham
Education and Teacher Training, St Helens College
August 19, 2014

Very handy reader

Dr Sajid Humayun
Law Department, Greenwich University
March 10, 2014

This book has really helped my students when researching the different theoretical perspectives in groups.

Will be recommending our college to adopt this book into the library and reading lists.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
January 15, 2014

A well selected text that makes key articles in the field available to students

Dr Dean Wilson
Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Plymouth
October 1, 2013

This is an excellent collection of 'classics' which have influenced criminological thinking.

Mr Howard Stones
School of Education & Childhood, Leeds Metropolitan University
September 30, 2013

This book provides a thorough grounding in criminology's key debates. A useful primer for new and experienced students.

Mr Andrew Wilson
Education, Derby University
September 24, 2013

Excellent Reader - great resource

John Moore
Department of Sociology, University of the West of England, Bristol
September 14, 2013

The revisions to this edition are excellent.

Dr Michael Fiddler
School of Humanities, Greenwich University
September 9, 2013

Essential reading for any Criminology course.

Mr Rashid Aziz
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
July 15, 2013
Key features

New topics covered in the Third Edition of Criminological Perspectives:

  • surveillance
  • digitized crime
  • terrorism and political violence
  • environmental crime
  • human trafficking
  • techno-social networks
  • narco-crime
  • global inequalities

New topics covered:

  • surveillance
  • digitized crime
  • terrorism and political violence
  • environmental crime
  • human trafficking
  • techno-social networks
  • narco-crime
  • global inequalities