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'In its acumen and choice of readings it is simply the best accompanying reader for an undergraduate criminological theory course' -
Dr Colin Webster, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Teeside
'This is by far the most comprehensive and enjoyable reader in criminological theory. It is both international in its scope and historical in its depth. This is a must for a student beginning the subject or a postgraduate wanting to be reminded how criminology at its best can be so intellectually exhilarating. For the writer here are all the core articles you need for quick reference, for the teacher this is one book you can recommend with the knowledge that it can be used across topics whilst presenting the student with the width of perspective which is the basis of a sound education in the social sciences' - Jock Young, Visiting Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York
'Provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to the critical issues and debates that are revitalising contemporary criminology. This genuinely international text will be an invaluable resource for both students and lecturers alike' - Professor Adam Crawford, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, Department of Law, University of Leeds
The Second Edition of this highly successful and internationally acclaimed Reader, now fully revised and updated, provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the depth and diversity of criminological thinking. The carefully selected readings which cover the most significant theoretical and empirical work in the field, provide access to the core perspectives that underpin criminology and promote fresh debate at the interface of the different perspectives.
The Reader is organised into six sections: Part One: Criminological Formations; Part Two: Crime Causation; Part Three: Criminalisation; Part Four: Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention; Part Five: Discipline and Governance; Part Six: Criminological Transformations.
It contains new readings on:
· social control theory
· opportunity theory
· gender and crime control
· race and criminalisation
· the governance of crime
· psycho-social criminology
· cultural criminology
· global criminology.
In order to guide readers through the different perspectives, the text has a substantial introduction. Each part of the reader is also prefaced by a concise introduction that identifies the significance of each article.
The Second Edition of Criminological Perspectives offers the most comprehensive guide to the major topics and areas of debate that constitute contemporary criminology. It will be essential reading for students of criminology, criminal justice studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, social policy and social work.
Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings is the set book for The Open University course Crime, Order and Social Control (D315).