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Criminology
The Essentials

Second Edition
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December 2012 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This is an essential introduction to undergraduate studies in criminology. Short, clear and concise, it provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes covered on your criminology course.

The second edition provides:

  • Summaries of key course content, including new sections on race and ethnicity, cybercrime, ordinary crime, state crime, global and comparative criminology, green criminology and zemiology
  • A helpful study skills section with extensive advice on how to write essays and pass exams, including new sections on how to avoid plagiarism and how to find, read and use journal articles
  • Recent international case studies drawn from the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa and The United States
  • An all new companion website providing guides to further reading and links to relevant blogs, journal articles and useful websites

Criminology: The Essentials is an indispensible learning tool. As well as mapping out course content in a coherent and engaging way, it offers helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of your studies.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
 
Introduction
 
How to Use This Book
 
Why Use This Book?
 
Criminology Essentials: Thinking Like a Criminologist
 
What Is Crime?
 
Perspectives on Crime
 
Categorising Criminological Theory
 
PART TWO: CORE AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM
 
The Origins of Criminology
 
Research Methods in Criminology
 
Locating Crime Within the Individual: Biological and Psychological Approaches
 
Crime as External to the Individual: Classic Sociological Theories
 
Contemporary Criminology
 
Crime Statistics and Crime Data
 
Crime and the Media
 
Youth and Crime
 
Gender and Crime
 
Race and Hate Crime
 
Penology
 
Serious Crime
 
Cybercrime
 
Victimology
 
PART THREE: STUDY, WRITING AND REVISION SKILLS
 
General Introduction
 
Dealing with Theory
 
How to Get the Most Out of Your Lectures
 
How to Make the Most from Your Seminars
 
Essay Writing Tips
 
Revision Hints and Tips
 
Exam Tips
 
PART FOUR
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Supplements

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Free resources on the companion website:

  • Links to free SAGE journal articles 
  • Practice questions
  • Additional tasks
  • Links to suggested websites 

Good book but not applicable to any course I teach. Book was not requested by myself.

Ms Natasha Chubbock
School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
February 15, 2014

Supplementary in the context of research project with the police and UN.

Dr Birgit Burboeck
International Business, Fh Joanneum
December 12, 2013

This book is very useful for students of criminology where the author does his best to keep it simple. It is sprinkled with advice and learning tips, particularly towards other authors and theorists relevant to the material. I really like it.

Mr Stuart Newberry
Public Services and Tourism, City College Plymouth
October 16, 2013

Clearly written and a useful introduction to the discipline for beginning students.

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

A welcome second edition of a well written and informative book with a useful section for students re. learning skills.

Ms Tina Eadie
Community & Criminal Justice Div., De Montfort University
July 21, 2013

This text provides a good overview of criminology. Also, there is a chapter on study skills, which will prove very useful for my first year students new to the topic.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
June 10, 2013

Good for first years, actually goes into some quite useful areas, away from the usual basic books. Well written as always.

Dr Richard Peake
Law , Leeds University
April 10, 2013

A good basic intro for first year undergraduate students

Dr Donna Peacock
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
February 26, 2013

Very good resource providing an introductory overview of the subject area. Prompt questions and recommended further reading will also benefit students.

Mr Stuart Agnew
Social Science , University Campus Suffolk Ltd
January 8, 2013

The second edition of this introductory text is as cogent and user-friendly as the first. It is without doubt the current UK leader in providing an inspirational introduction to the subject complete with the provision of study advice that is both wise in terms of contemporary pedogogic requirements and to the point, optimising student acessibility and use. The book provides an invaluable introduction to themes and perspectives that encourage enagagement with more detailed products that studenst will be expcected to access as their studies progress. I am particularly pleased to see that the work includes sections that reflect the increasing importance of the awareness of global and comparative trends in criminology from the beginning of the course of study alongside appropriate introductions to the core crimnological canon.

Mr Nigel Brearley
Social Science Div, Southampton Solent University
January 3, 2013
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  • Sections on race and ethnicity, cybercrime, ordinary crime, state crime, global and comparative criminology, green criminology and zemiology
  • Coverage in the study skills section of how to avoid plagiarism and how to find, read and use journal articles
  • Recent international case studies drawn from the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa and The United States
  • companion website with guides to further reading and links to relevant blogs, journal articles and useful websites

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