An Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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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.

Author Biography

CHRIS CROWTHER is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Sheffield Hallam University after previously working at the Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order, University of Leicester. He teaches undergraduate on the Applied Social Studies Programme, including the degree routes in Criminology and Social Policy. He is conducting research into various aspects of policing, community safety, anti-crime and disorder strategies and social exlusion. His publications include Policing Urban Poverty (Palgrave Macmillan 2000).

ALLYSON MACVEAN is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Policing at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College after previously working in the Serious and Organised Crime Unit at the Home Office. She has carried out extensive research into the policing of paedophiles, organized crime, community safety partnerships, anti-social behaviour strategies and is currently leading a national research project on policing paedophiles on the Internet. Her publications include Policing Sex Offenders (Willan 2002).

Table of Contents

List of tablesp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Definitions and Conceptions of Crimep. 15
Defining Crime and Studying Criminology and Criminal Justicep. 17
Key Issues in Criminology and Criminal Justicep. 47
Understanding Crime Datap. 69
Understanding Crime Data I: Sources of Informationp. 71
Understanding Crime Data II: Methods of Data Collectionp. 95
The Criminal Justice System in Contextp. 123
The Criminal Justice System and its Processesp. 125
The Police: Gatekeepers to the Criminal Justice Processp. 149
The Prosecution Process: The Courts and Sentencingp. 173
The Prisonp. 203
Probation: Community-Based Punishment and Community Justicep. 223
Multi-Agency and 'Joined-Up' Approaches to Criminal Justice Policyp. 245
Theories of Crimep. 273
Theories of Crime I: The Individual and Crimep. 275
Theories of Crime II: Society and Crimep. 293
Theories of Crime III: Critical and Deconstructive Perspectivesp. 315
Conclusions and Summaryp. 343
Notesp. 353
Glossaryp. 355
Referencesp. 361
Subject indexp. 377
Index of proper namesp. 393
Index of legislationp. 397
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