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A Contemporary Introduction

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November 2019 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

An introductory text for first year criminology students, covering the key questions, debates and theoretical models in the field, as well as themes of inequality, social justice, and human rights, to encourage an international or 'globalised' understanding of crime and justice matters.

The book provides students with a strong, interdisciplinary foundation to their criminological studies, covering all the key topics taught on a first year course, including:

  • The causes and prevalence of crime
  • Doing criminological research
  • The social divisions (class, power and inequality) that relate to crime and justice
  • The role of politics and the media
  • Punishment
  • Corporate crime and cybercrime
  • Global justice

All content is supported by case studies on contemporary issues, and free online resources for students and lecturers, consisting of video interviews between the author and academics or practitioners in the field of criminology, addressing key topics outlined in the book and discussing case studies, there will also be multiple-choice questions, lecturer PowerPoint slides, testbank, and links to further reading.

Chapter 1: Introducing the landscapes of criminology
Part one: Understanding the causes and prevalence of crime
Chapter 2: 'Theory', and its uses
Chapter 3: Criminological theories: the causes of crime
Chapter 4: Doing criminological research
Chapter 5: Counting crime
Part two: Social divisions and crime
Chapter 6: The politics of law and order
Chapter 7: Offenders and Victims
Chapter 8: Media and Crime
Part three: Dealing with Crime and justice
Chapter 9: Punishment
Chapter 10: Social policy and crime
Chapter 11: Global Justice
Chapter 12: Conclusion: criminology past, present and future


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Lecturer resources

  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Test Bank

Student resources

  • Video interviews between the author and academics/practitioners in the field of criminology.
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Links to further reading
  • Links to multimedia

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