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Encyclopedia of Criminology
     

Encyclopedia of Criminology

by J. Mitchell Miller
 

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This three-volume work offers a comprehensive review of the pivotal concepts, measures, theories, and practices that comprise criminology and criminal justice.

No longer just a subtopic of sociology, criminology has become an independent academic field of study that incorporates scholarship from numerous disciplines including psychology, political science,

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This three-volume work offers a comprehensive review of the pivotal concepts, measures, theories, and practices that comprise criminology and criminal justice.

No longer just a subtopic of sociology, criminology has become an independent academic field of study that incorporates scholarship from numerous disciplines including psychology, political science, behavioral science, law, economics, public health, family studies, social work, and many others. The three-volume Encyclopedia of Criminology presents the latest research as well as the traditional topics which reflect the field's multidisciplinary nature in a single, authoritative reference work.

More than 525 alphabetically arranged entries by the leading authorities in the discipline comprise this definitive, international resource. The pivotal concepts, measures, theories, and practices of the field are addressed with an emphasis on comparative criminology and criminal justice. While the primary focus of the work is on American criminology and contemporary criminal justice in the United States, extensive global coverage of other nations' justice systems is included, and the increasing international nature of crime is explored thoroughly.

Providing the most up-to-date scholarship in addition to the traditional theories on criminology, the Encyclopedia of Criminology is the essential one-stop reference for students and scholars alike to explore the broad expanse of this multidisciplinary field.

Editorial Reviews

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Compiled by a group of American academics and carried to completion by Miller (director, Drug & Addictions Graduate Studies Program, Univ. of South Carolina) after the untimely death of its lead editor, sociologist Wright, this A-to-Z of criminology is somewhat similar to four recent multivolume sets: Sage's Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment and Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Routledge's Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, and Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. In well over 500 three- to four-page entries, it gives more space to theories and theoretical perspectives than its competitors but less to what may seem topical, e.g., the entry "Weapons of Mass Destruction" is much more substantial in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Criminology typically eschews the legal and administrative approach, and this work lacks the customary tables of cases, but its articles do mention salient court cases. Many also include a separate section on the legal bases of, for instance, alcohol use, forcible rape, and larceny. While there are articles on agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the articles on criminal justice in countries like Russia and regions like Scandinavia are not as detailed as in other sets. However, a unique seven-page section on web resources is a welcome addition. Bottom LineWhile this encyclopedia has merit, it will struggle to stand out in a crowded field. Besides those references listed above, there are many others on criminal justice: Facts On File's The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes and The Encyclopedia of International Organized Crime, Sage's Encyclopedia of White Collar and Corporate Crime, and Greenwood's Encyclopedia of Cold War Espionage, Spies and Secret Operations. Only the most comprehensive collections will attempt to buy all of them. As for this title, it is only recommended as an optional purchase for specialized collections.-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice Lib., CUNY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135455439
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1976
File size:
8 MB

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