The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology


Edited by Mike Maguire, Edited by Rod Morgan, Edited by Robert Reiner


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 1056 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 40mm | 1,560g
  • Publication date: 23 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199590273
  • ISBN 13: 9780199590278
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 28 BW
  • Sales rank: 96,526

Product description

The most comprehensive and authoritative single volume text on the subject, the fifth edition of the acclaimed Oxford Handbook of Criminology combines masterly reviews of all the key topics with extensive references to aid further research. In addition to the history of the discipline and reviews of different theoretical perspectives, the book provides up-to-date reviews of such diverse topics as public views about crime and justice, youth crime and justice and state crime and human rights. The fifth edition has been substantially revised and updated so that it covers topics being taught at undergraduate level as well as encapsulating the latest developments in the academic and practical spheres of criminology, including reflections on the August 2011 riots. An impressive line-up of contributors, experts in their respective fields, means the Oxford Handbook of Criminology will continue to be an essential purchase for all students and teachers of criminology and an indispensable resource for professionals. Online Resource Centre * Selected chapters from previous editions * Details about the contributors * Guidance on answering essay questions * Essay questions * Selected further reading * Weblinks * Figures and tables from the text

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Author information

Robert Reiner: Professor of Criminology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Review quote

'... quite simply an outstanding achievement... the only text that is authoritative, comprehensive and serious enough to be the basis of an entire course in criminology.' Professor Stan Cohen, The British Journal of Criminology 'It will define undergraduate and postgraduate criminology courses for some time to come...' Criminal Justice Matters 'A comprehensive introduction to criminology written by the leading figures of the discipline; no other text covers the same range of topics in this depth' Dr Michael Fiddler, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Greenwich 'A classic. An essential for any student of criminology.' Kevin Brown, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle University 'The essential text for criminology. Combines detailed introductions to a wide range of topics with some of the smartest writing around.' Iain Brennan, Lecturer, Hull University

Table of contents

CRIMINOLOGY: HISTORY AND THEORY ; 1. Situating criminology: On the production and consumption of knowledge about crime and justice ; 2. Sociological theories of crime ; 3. Criminological psychology ; 4. Cultural criminology ; 5. Comparing criminal justice ; SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONS OF CRIME AND CRIME CONTROL ; 6. Legal constructions of crime ; 7. Overtaking on the left? The politics of law and order in the 'Big Society' ; 8. Criminal statistics and the construction of crime ; 9. Mediated mayhem: media, crime, criminal justice ; 10. Public opinion, crime, and criminal justice ; DIMENSIONS OF CRIME ; 11. Casino capital's crimes: political economy, crime, and criminal justice ; 12. Gender and crime ; 13. Ethnicities, racism, crime, and criminal justice ; 14. Victims, the criminal process, and restorative justice ; 15. Mentally disordered offenders, mental health, and crime ; 16. Developing socio-spatial criminology ; 17. Youth crime and justice: rediscovering devolution, discretion, and diversion? ; 18. Critical debates in developmental and life-course criminology ; FORMS OF CRIME ; 19. Violent crime ; 20. The organization of serious crimes for gain ; 21. White-collar and corporate crime ; 22. Terrorism and counter-terrorism ; 23. Drugs, alcohol, and crime ; 24. State crime: a dialectical view ; REACTIONS TO CRIME ; 25. Governing security: pluralization, privatization, and polarization in crime control and policing ; 26. Crime prevention and community safety ; 27. Policing and the police ; 28. From suspect to trial ; 29. Sentencing: theory, principle, and practice ; 30. Prison life, penal power, and prison effects ; 31. Community penalties, probation, and offender management ; 32. Out of court, out of sight? Criminal sanctions and non-judicial decision-making ; 33. Offender treatment and rehabilitation: what works?