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Seventh Edition

Stephen Jones

16 April 2021

ISBN: 9780198860891

480 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

Coverage of all the main criminological theories, their history and development in this succinct and engaging introduction


The seventh edition of Criminology offers updated coverage of the main criminological theories. An engaging read for students of criminology, it traces the history and development of these key theories, and provides full references to guide the reader in their further criminological studies.

  • Comprehensive yet succinct introduction to the leading sociological and psychological theories of crime and deviance, providing the firm foundation of knowledge that students need to fully grasp the subject
  • Written in a clear and engaging style that helps students to understand the more complex aspects of criminology
  • Takes full account of the historical background of contemporary theories, helping to explain both the form and timing of their development
  • Thoroughly referenced, providing plenty of opportunity for further reading for those interested in researching the area in more detail
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality and navigation features that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Fully updated with key developments in the field, including recent research on definitions of criminal behaviour and the effects of economic inequality and mental disorder.
  • Includes recent criminal statistics from the Office for National Statistics

About the Author(s)

Stephen Jones, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University of Bristol

Table of Contents

    Introduction:Criminology: its origins and research methods
    Part I: Crime and Crime Control: Alternative Discourses
    1:Crime: definitions and conflicting images
    2:The statistics on crime and their meaning
    3:The media and 'law and order'
    Part II: Sociological Explanations of Crime
    4:The classical and positivist traditions
    5:Crime and the environment
    6:Poverty, anomie and strain
    7:Subcultural theories
    8:Interactionism and phenomenology
    9:Conflict, Marxist and radical theories of crime
    10:Realist criminology and victims
    11:Theories of control
    12:Gender and crime
    Part III: Biological and Psychological Aspects of Crime
    13:Biological factors and crime
    14:Intelligence, mental disorder and crime
    15: Personality theories
    16:Violent, aggressive and sexual offences

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