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Published: 24 March 2016

424 Pages


ISBN: 9780198747345

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Chapter 1

Understanding Deviance

A Guide to the Sociology of Crime and Rule-Breaking

Seventh Edition

David Downes, Paul Rock, and Eugene McLaughlin

  • A detailed account of the major sociological theories of crime and deviance covering their development, recent research, and varying perspectives on their explanation of criminality
  • Authored by three distinguished criminologists who have written extensively on theories of crime and deviance
  • Introduces key debates chronologically and deals with the complexity of these debates, challenging readers to question assumptions and explore new avenues of scholarship
  • An extensive bibliography provides readers with references to a range of texts from the criminology classics, to less well known texts, reflecting the authors' expert knowledge of the subject

New to this Edition:

  • A completely new chapter on victimology
  • Rethinking the legacy and relevance of past sociological theorizing in the field of crime and deviance
  • Discussion of the significance of the emergence of cultural, public and global criminologies
  • Further clarification of the relationship between crime, crime control and the 'risk society'
  • Fresh assessment of the applied policy relevance of academic theorizing
  • Discussion of the twenty-first century challenges facing criminology that places the much heralded fall in crime rate across most democratic and developed societies in perspective

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