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Criminology: A Very Short Introduction

Tim Newburn

April 2018

ISBN: 9780199643257

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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From murder to theft to drug gangs, crime and criminal justice affect the lives of millions of people worldwide. Tim Newburn considers how we can study trends in crime, and use them to inform preventative policy and criminal justice. Analysing the history of crime, he discusses the role of criminology in crime control and politics.

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From murder to theft to drug gangs, crime and criminal justice affect the lives of millions of people worldwide. Tim Newburn considers how we can study trends in crime, and use them to inform preventative policy and criminal justice. Analysing the history of crime, he discusses the role of criminology in crime control and politics.

  • Considers how criminology can be used to measure crime, and evaluate the effectiveness of preventative measures
  • Looks at responses to crime, considering how criminal justice tends to be organised and operate
  • Analyses the factors other than policing, courts, and punishment which contribute to the everyday orderliness of our society
  • Discusses how the study of trends in crime can be used to inform preventative policy and criminal justice.
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Tim Newburn is Professor of Social Policy and Criminology at the London School of Economics. He is a former President of the British Society of Criminology (2005- 08) and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 2005. In 2009, together with two colleagues, he was appointed Official Historian on Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Home Office's Scientific Advisory Committee and numerous other advisory bodies. He is the founding editor of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice and is the author or editor of 35 books, including the leading undergraduate textbook in the field: Criminology (Willan Publishing, 2007).

Table of Contents

    1:Introducing criminology
    2:What is crime?
    3:Who commits crime?
    4:How do we measure crime?
    5:Understanding recent trends in crime
    6:Understanding the crime drop
    7:How do we control crime?
    8:How do we prevent crime?
    9:Where next for criminology?
    Sources and Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"What is crime? Who is a criminal? These are big questions, tackled adroitly and insightfully in this short but weighty book." - Shadd Maruna, Co-Editor, Oxford Handbook of Criminology

"Tim Newburn presents the fundamental concepts, concerns, and findings of criminology with a clarity and wit that make it fully accessible to the beginner without ever sacrificing the depth and originality needed to hold the attention of the expert. This is a wonderfully concise and engaging book!" - David Garland, Professor of Law and Sociology, New York University

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