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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Criminology

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Criminology

First Edition

June 2009 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is the book that criminology students have been waiting for. Written in a lively and conversational style, it introduces and familiarizes students with a set of basic notions which are essential to the study of crime and its control.

The book explains the background to the ideas that underpin current debates about crime. It explores the interplay between philosophical and criminological theories to provide a stimulating and insightful overview of the subject. It offers students a fresh way of thinking about crime, giving them an opportunity to develop their understanding and to hone their critical skills.

It is the antidote to the boring textbook and is the perfect accompaniment to any course on criminology.

Chapter 1: A Slightly Philosophical Introduction to the Study of Criminology?
Chapter 2: Transgression, Crime and Control (on Human Life)
Chapter 3: Understanding Crime (on Human Existence)
Chapter 4: Controlling Crime (on the Mastery of Others)
Chapter 5: The Resolution of Human Conflict (on the Mastery of Self)
Chapter 6: Criminological Knowledge (on the Absurd)
Chapter 7: Afterthought

'Stimulating, beautifully composed and wonderfully readable, this book goes beyond crime and criminology as we know it. Drawing on a rich source base of philosophical and criminological insights, the book provides a highly useful and at times provocative overview of what criminology is really all about. This is a must read for anyone concerned with crime, crime control, and criminology' -
Patrick Van CalsterUniversity of Leiden

This is an excellent book for any student about to undertake a degree in criminology. While it is a little basic for degree level, it gives a thorough, accessible introduction for those considering further study in the future.

Mrs Victoria Silverwood
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
June 21, 2013

Enjoyable to read, however, not relevant to course material.

Miss Aimee Smith
Humanities English and Languages, Peterborough Regional College
November 2, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One Pdf