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Criminological Perspectives

Criminological Perspectives
Essential Readings

Third Edition
Edited by:

March 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

Criminological Perspectives remains the most authoritative collection of criminological classics. Now in its third edition, it has been updated to reflect many of the global risks and harms that contemporary criminology is concerned with. Eugene McLaughlin and John Muncie have successfully navigated a complex theoretical and conceptual landscape and made it intelligible for students and established scholars alike. Criminological Perspectives remains indispensible.
Professor Yvonne Jewkes
Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester

Criminological Perspectives offers an exceptional array of key readings in criminology, carefully selected to represent the richness and diversity of the discipline. This 3rd Edition builds on the strengths of previous volumes, combining classic statements with the latest key contributions - an invaluable resource for all students of criminology.
Professor Majid Yar
University of Hull

The only indispensible general criminology reader on the market. Comprehensive in its coverage, judicious in its selectivity and organisation, and sophisticated in its contextualising commentaries, McLaughlin and Muncie's substantially revised collection of key and classic readings is becoming something of a classic itself. A truly must have book.
Dr Chris Greer
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, City University London

Containing over fifty edited readings on the study of crime and its control, Criminological Perspectives is an essential book for students seeking to develop their knowledge of criminology and its relevance and impact today.
Professor Peter Francis
Northumbria University

A good book to add to a students reading list, with some key chapters.

Miss Laura Elliott
Bournemouth & Poole College, Bournemouth And Poole College (Poole)
June 23, 2020

This is a perfect academic research textbook especially for criminology and criminal justice students. It is especially useful for students new to criminology. It is a student friendly textbook. I would highly recommend this to students.

Mr Mark Jagus
Law, Derby College
October 25, 2019

Useful to plan resources and lessons, however can be two technical and detailed for the use of Level 3 students.

Miss Nicole Waters
Accounting , New College Durham
September 12, 2016

A thoroughly brilliant book that engages the reader with some of the most poignant and relevant criminological literature of the last 50 years.

Mr Darren Woodward
Social Science , Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
July 27, 2016

This book works well as an instructor copy to aid in prep for lessons and to supplement student learning. However the writing style is too dense for Level 3 16-19 year old students.

Miss Nicole Waters
Accounting , New College Durham
June 22, 2016

A great collection of key Criminological readings, particularly for students moving beyond introductory textbooks.

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

Good core text for criminology and sociology students if they need their memories refreshing or want to brush up on key criminological concepts. This is used for a thrid year criminology/sociology core theory unit at MMU.

Dr Joanne Massey
Dept of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 8, 2015

This is an invaluable book for students. It provides a comprehensive collection of the essential criminological texts, and equips the reader with the skills to engage with theory and concepts.

Dr Lisa Sugiura
Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Southampton University
November 17, 2014

Very useful textbook for students, particularly as a starting point for those studying criminological theory. An ideal text book, sets the scene for the degree course

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