Criminological Theory in Context
- John Martyn Chamberlain - Southampton University, UK
Criminological Theory | Criminology (General) | Sociology of Deviance
This book provides a lively, concise and definitive introduction to the study of the causes of crime. Authoritative yet accessible, it offers a guide to the historical development of criminology as an academic discipline and in doing so:
- presents an overview of a range of different theories of crime, including classical, biological, psychological and sociological approaches
- analyses the strengths and weaknesses of each theory discussed
- provides chapter overview boxes and key summary points
- helps you to take your studies further with self-study tasks and suggestions for further reading.
In covering key theoretical positions and placing them in their historical context, Criminological Theory in Context is perfect for students taking introductory courses in criminological theory.
This book makes the task of studying criminological theory a little less daunting…it would be a great companion for your degree
This book would have been very useful as it is very simple to understand and breaks down the theories in an order which is straightforward to understand. A number of criminological theory books are difficult to understand, however this book is simple and reads well…I would really recommend this to current students
A clear and thought provoking read. The author has summarised detailed historical and burgeoning literature into a book that is well structured and written, allowing criminology students to become excited over theory and to question taken for granted assumptions in the field.
This is a perfect textbook especially for criminology and criminal justice students. It is especially useful for students in their first year of an undergraduate programme. It is a student friendly textbook. I would highly recommend this to students.
We are currently in the process of reviewing our undergraduate course and the module which this book was considered for is being reworked. However, the book is excellent - very logically structured around 'ideas' rather than a straightforward chronology.
Comprehensive look at a range of criminological theories that gives inexperienced students a broader understanding.
This book clearly put all the theories in an understandable way and logically built on each to give examples that made them understandable. On the whole the book was easy to read and was very comprehensive in relation to ascertaining the dividing line between theories that are often lumped together and therefore mixed up.
I have given this book a highly recommended status for my students
This is a really clear textbook that covers a wide range of relevant areas.
A good addition to the body of work in this area. Tierney remains a favourite
This book has been used with level 3 learners. I have adopted the text and incorporated as part of the essential reading.
The theories are analysed which aids the learner to understand and evaluate each theory in their assignments.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 8: Postmodern Critical Standpoints and the Criminal Life Course