An Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

An Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice


By (author) Chris Crowther-Dowey


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 242mm x 24mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403912165
  • ISBN 13: 9781403912169
  • Sales rank: 769,430

Product description

This wide-ranging textbook is the ideal starting-point for anyone studying criminology or criminal justice. Assuming no prior knowledge, it provides a clear and user-friendly introduction to the key definitions and issues of crime. Exploring crime data, the criminal justice system and theories of crime, the text aims to broaden students' understanding by focusing on the relationship between theory, methods, policy and practice and setting the British picture in comparative context. It is supported by an excellent pedagogical infrastructure, which ensures that a clear thematic and conceptual framework connects the different parts of the book.

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Author information

CHRIS CROWTHER is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University.

Review quote

'This is exactly what the quickly growing criminology and criminal justice undergraduate market has needed for a long time: a coherent, comprehensive and well-written introduction to the subject matter that will welcomed by lecturers and students alike'. This timely text superbly fills a significant gap in the market place and I recommend it very highly.' - Roger Hopkins Burke, Criminology Subject Leader, Nottingham Trent University, UK '...a broad ranging, comprehensive overview of the subject. It is written in an accessible style, which makes it eminently suitable for those new to this area...I would have no hesitation in recommending this book for anyone requiring an introduction to criminology and criminal justice.' - SRA News (Social Research Association)

Table of contents

Introduction PART I: DEFINITIONS AND CONCEPTIONS OF CRIME Defining Crime and Studying Criminology and Criminal Justice Key Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justice PART II: UNDERSTANDING CRIME DATA Understanding Crime Data I: Sources of Information Understanding Crime Data II: Methods of Interpretation PART III: THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IN CONTEXT The Criminal Justice System and its Processes The Police: Gatekeepers to the Criminal Justice Process The Prosecution Process: the Courts and Sentencing The Prison Probation: Community-based Punishment and Community Justice Multi-Agency and 'Joined-up' Approaches to Criminal Justice Policy PART IV: THEORIES OF CRIME Theories of Crime I: The Individual and Crime Theories of Crime II: Society and Crime Theories of Crime III: Critical and Deconstructive Perspectives Summary