Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology


By (author) Katherine Williams

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 238mm x 36mm | 1,102g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199290318
  • ISBN 13: 9780199290314
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 325,383

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Textbook on Criminology offers an engaging and wide-ranging account of crime and criminology. It provides a clear and comprehensive consideration of the theoretical, practical, and political aspects of the subject, including the influence of physical, biological, psychological, and social factors on criminality. The text is ideal both for law students studying criminology modules, and for students studying criminological theory modules as part of their criminology degrees. The author deals with the major questions of criminology such as 'how do you define a crime?', 'why do people become criminals?', and 'how should we deal with criminals?'. Each question is studied from an objective and academic viewpoint and encourages greater social, political, and philosophical awareness of crime, criminals, and society's response to them. The text also maps out the changes in crime control and society's expectations in relation to crime control, and students will find the insightful chapter on terrorism and state violence to be of particular interest and relevance in light of recent global events.

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Author information

Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Prior to this she taught at the University of Liverpool for nine years. Her main teaching areas are criminology, criminal justice, human rights and welfare law, and social policy. As well as her work on criminology she has recently published in the areas of criminal justice, computer law, and child sexual abuse.

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Definitions, terminology and the criminal process; 3. Public conceptions and misconceptions of crime; 4. The extent of crime: a comparison of official and unofficial calculations; 5. Victims, survivors, and victimology; 6. Influences of physical factors and genetics on criminality; 7. Influences of biochemical factors and of the central and autonomic nervous systems on criminality; 8. Psychological theories of criminality; 9. Mental disorder and criminality; 10. Intelligence and learning; 11. The sociology of criminality; 12. Anomie, strain and juvenile subculture; 13. Control theories; 14. Labelling, phenomenology and ethnomethodology; 15. Conflict theories and radical criminologies; 16. Criminology and realism; 17. Positivist explanations of female criminality; 18. Feminist theories; 19. Terrorism and state violence; 20. Governance, risk and globalisation theories; 21. Envoi; USEFUL WEBSITES; NAME INDEX; SUBJECT INDEX