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Criminology and Political Theory

Criminology and Political Theory

July 2009 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This clear, concise text sets out the relationship between political theory and criminology. It critically analyses key theories and debates to shed new light on criminological topics and the political ideas that lie beneath them. The book draws the attention of criminologists to political ideas, placing political themes at the heart of criminological speculation. Organized around key criminological concepts and issues, the book covers all the main topics, including:

-Power and ideology

-The nature of the state

-Social control and policing


-Economics and criminal activity


The book has been carefully developed to support practical teaching and learning. It contains chapter summaries, further reading and a comprehensive glossary, which combined, provide a comprehensive understanding of the themes. The book is essential for upper level undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It will also appeal to professionals, academics and students in Law and Politics.

The Nature of the State
Economics and Criminal Activity
Rights and Obligations
Police and Policing
The Aims of Punishment
The Concept of Censure
Desert and Proportionality
Ethics and Our Moral Actions

Makes political theory rather more accessible than many texts.

Ms Jo Mockeridge
School of Law, Criminal Justice & Computing, Canterbury Christ Church University
September 27, 2019

This is a good text book for blending a student's understanding of where political theory 'hits' crime.

As such, it's a rare find for few authors stray into this important domain.

I have and will continue to use it in my policing programmes.

Graham Hooper
Senior lecturer in Policing
Canterbury Christ Church University

Mr Graham Hooper
Department of Law and Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 22, 2015

This is a good book to complement other readings within the contemporary criminology module.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
October 18, 2013

Whilst the content isn't within the mainstream areas we explore, I am happy to suggest the title to my students as it beds current criminology within a political context - particualry important in view of the significant financial restraints on organisations dealing with crime and at a time of increased public observation via the media and social networking systems

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
August 16, 2012

Well written and concise, good for entry level students on crime degree

Mrs Julia Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
June 2, 2012

An important textbook for all students of criminology. A concise text which clearly illustrates the important political issues related to crime and punishment.

Ms Helen Arnold
Social Science , University Campus Suffolk
November 3, 2011

Has some chapters which usefully explore in greater detail concepts which are merely referred to in other over arching texts - for example the chapters on 'censure', 'rights and obligations' and 'fairness'. These provide very useful addenda to other readings, and some understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of different approaches to sentencing. Recommended as library purchase.

Miss Jan Gordon
Dept of Policy Studies, Lincoln University
November 16, 2010

I like this book. It is really useful for encouraging students to think about how political theory connects to their criminological studies. A very good and refreshing supplement to their core criminology readings.

Dr Rob Mawby
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester
October 22, 2010

Very good book, fills a gap in criminological theory

Ms Angela Wilcock
Social Science , Sunderland University
November 13, 2009

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