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Psychology and Crime

Psychology and Crime
A Transdisciplinary Perspective

Second Edition

November 2019 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'Criminologists have been waiting a very long time for a psychology of crime that speaks their language. Finally it has arrived.' - Dr David Gadd, Keele University

Now in an updated second edition, this book explores the links between psychology and crime, taking the reader through psychological explanations of crime and the use of psychology within the criminal justice system.
The book aims to demystify some of the myths of psychological criminology and situates the subject within its historical and theoretical foundations, whilst maintaining a contemporary outlook and critical awareness of the field’s advantages and limitations.

This second edition includes:

  • Four new chapters, on 'Psychological perspectives and their approach to crime', 'Mentally disordered offenders', 'The Criminal Courts and the role of the Jury', and 'Victims, Fear of Crime and Offender Management'.
  • Improved coverage of the issues around interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, the psychology of crime in groups, and war crimes.
  • Increased analysis of psychology and the criminal justice system.

Essential reading for students in criminology, sociology and psychology.

Psychology, Sociology and Crime: Mapping the Historical Terrain
Psychological Perspectives on Crime
Mentally Disordered Offenders
Psychological Theories of Interpersonal Violence and Investigatory Psychology
Investigating Sexual Violence
Crimes in Groups: Explaining Subcultures, Groups and Gangs
Mass Murder, Political Murder and War Crimes
Terrorism: From Pathology to Normality
Interviewing Eyewitnesses and Suspects
Psychology, The Courts and the Role of the Jury
After Crime: Victims, Fear of Crime and Offender Management
The Futures of Criminological Psychology

This second edition retains all the strengths of the first while adding fresh insight to contemporary issues. Craig Webber’s knowledge of the field and his openness to a wide range of approaches has resulted in an indispensable guide to criminological psychology. Psychology & Crime provides a lively, thought provoking and authoritative introduction to a rapidly growing area and succeeds in stretching thinking beyond current orthodoxies.

Eamonn Carrabine
Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

Craig Webber has achieved a rare feat; a book that connects psychology and crime in a way that honours the rich history of sociological approaches to crime with current insights from psychology. It reads well, is well structured and combines the fields of criminology and psychology in a most engaging fashion. The many students who take a combination of psychology with criminology will thank him for this book.


Francis Pakes
Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean (Research), University of Portsmouth

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