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'This accessibly written book is truly innovative in combining an introduction to key perspectives and topics in criminology with a very student friendly study guide to the problems of researching and writing in the discipline'

- Professor Kevin Stenson, Middlesex University

This book offers a timely introduction both to the discipline of criminology and to the practice of studying it as an undergraduate subject. It takes the reader from first principles in Criminology through to some quite complex ideas and debates. It also offers useful advice on how to grapple with the practical realities of studying this subject. It does both of these in a manner which is always accessible and readable.

Dr Tony Kearon, Keele University

This is a superb text for the [undergraduate] audience intended. The writing is clear, difficult concepts are explained well, criticality is encouraged, the signposting is adequate and exercises are provided to embed learning. An excellent book overall, and one that deserves wide readership.

Peter Hamerton

Criminology is part of an exciting new series from SAGE. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates. Criminology is designed to give those new to the study of criminology, criminal justice, and the sociology of deviance a comprehensive overview of the subject matter. It can be used as an introduction to the subject and referred to throughout the degree for tips and revision guidance.

Criminology is designed to complement, rather than replace, existing textbooks for the course, and will provide:

- Helpful summaries of the course curriculum to aid exam revision and essay planning

- Key summaries of the approach taken by the main textbooks on the course

- Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course

- Help with developing critical thinking

- Route-maps to aid the development of wider learning above and beyond the textbook

- Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises

- A tutor's-eye view of what course examiners are looking for

- An insider's view of what key course concepts are really all about

SAGE Course Companions are much more than revision guides for undergraduate. They are an essential tool to success in undergraduate courses, enriching the learning experience and developing students' understanding.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This book is an excellent springboard into the world of criminology and academic study.

It has been on the essential reading list for all my 1st year criminology undergraduate students since it was published, and this revised and expanded 2nd edition brings a welcome update, including useful new sections on race and hate crime and cybercrime.

The book is a truly student-friendly introduction for those new to the subject area. Not only does it provide an understandable overview of key criminological concepts and core issues, but crucially it links these to the achievement of degree-level learning and assessment, through facilitating critical thinking and clearly explaining how to best develop university study skills.
Dr Kate Williams University of Wolverhampton

Criminology recruits undergraduate students from all sorts of backgrounds. As they enter their first year they confront a dauntingly complex and diverse discipline. Therefore, a no-nonsense basic primer is an essential survival tool. For me, Treadwell's book, which covers everything from underlying philosophical principles to exam tips, is the most comprehensive and accessible basic primer on the market.
Steve Hall Professor of Criminology, Teesside University

The second edition of Criminology: The Essentials is just what it promises - a no-nonsense, straightforward and immensely engaging guide to the fundamental issues and concerns facing criminologists today. James Treadwell's enthusiasm and knowledge shine through every page and this lively little volume will prove an indispensable introduction for countless students of criminology at schools, colleges and universities.
Yvonne Jewkes Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester

This is a welcome updating of an extremely useful text for undergraduate students in criminology. The work has responded to feedback and developments in more contemporary aspects of criminology, and it continues to emphasise to students the need to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, so if offers clear insight into criminology and also guidance for study at higher education level.

James Treadwell has an engaging writing style and he places explanations of offending and how society responds to this in a context which students can relate to and grasp. This is vital in an introductory text and it offers a very good, comprehensive start to providing students with an understanding of criminology and criminal justice policy.

The core parts of the text continue to guide students through key concepts, theory and prominent authors who have offered these theories, with continued emphasis on critically analysing these views and ensuring students understand the importance of reading beyond mandatory and introductory texts.
Susie Atherton Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412911344
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: SAGE Course Companions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

James Treadwell is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Central England

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Table of Contents

How To Use this Book
Why Use this Book?
Criminology Basics: Thinking Like a Criminologist
What Is Crime?
Perspectives on Crime
Categorising Criminological Theory
The Origins of Criminology
Research Methods in Criminology
Locating Crime within the Individual: Biological and Psychological Approaches
Crimes as External to the Individual: Sociological Theories
Contemporary Criminology
Crime Statistics and Crime Data
Crime and the Media
Youth and Crime
Gender and Crime
Serious Crime
General Introduction - in collaboration with David Mc Ilroy
Dealing with Theory
How To Get the Most out of Your Lectures
How To Get the Most out of Your Seminars
Essay Writing Tips
Revision Hints and Tips
Exam Tips

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