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The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology

The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology

Third Edition
Edited by:

October 2013 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Now in its third edition, this bestselling reference text has established itself as the authoritative source covering the key concepts, theories, and methods in criminology and criminal justice. Edited by two of the leading figures in the field, the book is:
  • Comprehensive: with now over 300 entries, the third edition has been updated to include new entries and an expanded editorial introduction
  • Definitive: concepts are precisely defined so students have a clear understanding of the history and development of each topic and debate
  • Student-focused: each entry maps connections across various fields and issues and includes further reading to extend students' knowledge throughout their studies
  • International: contributions from internationally renowned academics and practitioners ensure that this book is global and comparative throughout

This wide-ranging reference and research tool will be an essential companion for students and academics within criminology, criminal justice and legal studies and related fields including sociology, social policy, psychology and cultural studies.

List of Contributors
List of Entries
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Editors' Introduction
The Sage Dictionary of Criminology
Subject Index
Name Index
Subject Index

With the publication of the third edition of this work Eugene McLaughlin and John Muncie have consolidated their position as criminology's lexicographers. This thoughtful compilation will allow students to enhance their appreciation of the discipline's boundaries while at the same time sharpening their critical faculties so that they can redraw them.

Ian O'Donnell
Professor of Criminology, University College Dublin

Criminology has its own, special language and it can be confusing even to experienced criminologists. This Third Edition of The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology is an indispensible tool for interpreting and navigating this ever-changing field, with packed and theoretically weighty entries written by the original researchers and theoreticians themselves. Essential for teaching, studying and doing this thing we call criminology.

Shadd Maruna
Professor of Justice Studies, Queen's University Belfast

The editors should be commended on assembling an impressive array of contributors to comprehensively cover the historical and contemporary development of criminology. Theory, methods, policy and specialized areas are cogently explicated by leading authorities in the field offering perspectives from mainstream to critical criminology and everything in between. A great addition to any social scientific library!

David C. Brotherton
Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

I find this book very useful to facilitate with youth and society / criminal justice modules of CYP degree. As a tutor this helps me explore criminological theory and legislation to youth justice issues. Not a key text but nevertheless a very useful one.

Miss Holly Joanna Magenta Scott
Education Department, Newcastle College
May 22, 2018

This book is great for students, especially first years. Each concept is explained in just two pages and the book contain a wide variety of them. The key readings sections also guide students to a variety of other books that expand on each concept.

Miss Cristiana Viana Cardoso
Division of Criminology, Birmingham City University
May 6, 2018

A good companion to any criminology course.

Dr Stephen Hallam
School of Social Sciences Criminology, Northampton University
March 16, 2016

This book offers a very descriptive and short introduction to many of the theories associated within the discipline of Criminology and is well placed to add to students knowledge of the subject matter.

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
August 21, 2015

Excellent text for students studying Criminology for the first time.

Dr Suzanne Young
Department of Criminology, Leeds Beckett University
June 17, 2015

A definite good read and suitable academic source for all policing course students.

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
March 26, 2015

Very useful Dictionary for the students which covers a comprehensive list of concepts and key terms.

Ms Neena Samota
Social Science , University of Westminster
January 7, 2015

A must have for all students of criminology. This book outlines key topics, models and theories in a straightforward language, and points the learner towards essential further reading.

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
November 4, 2014

The ideal handbook for students of Criminology which will serve them well throughout their undergraduate studies

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
August 14, 2014

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