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Making Sense of Criminology

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2874-5
208 pages
December 2002, Polity
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Making Sense of Criminology is a clear, concise introduction for all students new to the subject. As well as introducing ideas about crime and criminals, it is intended to help students make sense of criminology as a study or discipline. The authors present criminology as a debate about assessing and evaluating information connected with crime.


The book explores the key issues, philosophies and debates in criminology, making use of a variety of writers and texts to illuminate recurring themes and tensions in the field. Students are encouraged to become aware of what constitutes data in criminology and to recognize the uses of theory in evaluating criminological problems. In a ground plan of the subject, the history of criminology is set alongside current information about the justice system and awareness of current trends in research. This provides an excellent base on which new students can build their study.

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List of Boxes, Figures And Tables.

Acknowledgements.

Preface.

1. Introduction To Criminology.

2. Knowing About Crime.

3. Knowing About The Justice System.

4. Whose Justice Is It?.

5. Explaining Crime And Criminality.

6. Criminology and Social Policy.

7. Blurring The Boundaries: Power, Protest And Pleasure.

8. Criminology In A Changing World.

Resources For Further Study.

Bibliography.

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Keith Soothill is Professor of Social Research at Lancaster University; Moira Peelo and Claire Taylor are both researching in areas of criminology, also at Lancaster University.
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  • A clear, concise introduction for all students new to the subject.

  • Explores the key issues, philosophies and debates in criminology, making use of key writers and texts to illuminate recurring themes and tensions in the field.

  • Provides a ground plan of the subject, exploring criminology's history alongside current information about the justice system and awareness of current trends in research.

  • Enables students to explore difficult questions and conflicting evidence.

  • Encourages students to become aware of what constitutes data in criminology and to recognise the uses of theory in evaluating criminological problems.
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"I enjoyed reading Making Sense of Criminology. It is an interesting, accessible, wide-ranging and thoroughly up to date introduction to criminology that should find its way onto many reading lists. Students and teachers alike will find it a valuable resource."

Simon Holdaway, Sheffield University

"This lively and provocative text offers a thoughtful introduction to the issues and debates that constitute the discipline of criminology. Without ducking difficulties, it manages to be both authoritative and concise. I am sure it will encourage new students to 'make sense of criminology'."

Tony Jefferson, Keele University

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