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The Oxford Textbook on Criminology

Second Edition

Steve Case, Phil Johnson, David Manlow, Roger Smith, and Kate Williams

30 June 2021

ISBN: 9780198835837

1,128 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

This is no ordinary textbook: it converts curiosity into critical analysis, and criminology students into criminologists. Providing authoritative yet vibrant coverage, this is the perfect partner in crime.


With its uniquely student-focused approach and authoritative coverage of all key topics, The Oxford Textbook on Criminology is the essential companion to exploring crime and criminal justice. It acts as an energising springboard, equipping readers with the skills to form their own views and the confidence to see themselves as valued criminologists.

  • Written for and speaking directly to students, The Oxford Textbook on Criminology provides an authoritative yet accessible and engaging grounding in all key criminological topics
  • A logical structure supports readers throughout their criminological journey, taking them from their first steps in criminology through to conducting independent research and exploring career opportunities
  • The Oxford Textbook on Criminology equips readers with the information and skills to form their own views. Its consistent emphasis on an active, critical approach is supported by regular 'What do you think?' boxes which aid reflection
  • Academic concepts and theories are set into a practical, real world context through 'Conversations' boxes, which bring in the voices of a wide range of people connected to criminology and criminal justice (including ex-convicts, victims, criminal justice system practitioners, researchers, students, and graduate employers), and 'Controversy and debate' boxes which outline real world controversies
  • The text reflects current criminological concerns with chapters on global criminology (both comparative and transnational), social harm, and green criminology, as well as frequent 'New frontiers' boxes which outline emerging developments
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly updated to provide full coverage of today's most pressing criminological issues. The text includes new chapters on global criminology (exploring issues such as organised crime, drug trafficking, people smuggling, cybercrime, and terrorism, as well as the calls for a 'southern criminology'), social harm, and green criminology. Other content has been expanded, including that on victimology, hate crime, racial inequality and criminal justice, and the workings of the criminal justice system
  • The introductory and concluding parts have been streamlined to provide even more practical, focused guidance on beginning criminological studies and applying criminological knowledge to research, careers, and further study
  • In addition to being thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments, every chapter's content has been refined to ensure that explanations, pedagogical features, and chapter structures are as clear and effective as possible
  • Brand new boxed features throughout include additional 'Conversations' with academics, students, lawyers, campaigners, victims, former criminals, and graduate employers within the criminal justice system
  • The updated and expanded online resources include additional multiple choice questions and notes on answers to end of chapter questions for students, plus teaching packs which provide ideas for group activities and help lecturers make use of the book's content in class

About the Author(s)

Steve Case, Head of Social and Policy Studies and Professor of Criminology, Loughborough University, Phil Johnson, Academic Subject Leader (Criminology), Blackburn University Centre, David Manlow, Principal Lecturer, University of Westminster, Roger Smith, Professor of Social Work, Durham University, and Kate Williams, Professor in Criminology, University of South Wales

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Journeying into Criminology
    1:Studying criminology
    Part 2: Exploring Crime
    2:What is 'crime'?
    3:What is 'justice'?
    4:How criminology produces knowledge
    5:Crime statistics
    6:Crime and the media
    8:Hate crime
    9:Youth offending and youth justice
    10:Race, ethnicities, and the criminal justice system
    11:Gender and feminist criminology
    12:Green criminology
    13:Global criminology 1: Comparative criminology
    14:Global criminology 2: Transnational criminology
    Part 3: Explaining Crime
    15:Free will, classicism and rational choice
    16:Biological and psychological positivism
    17:Sociological positivism
    18:Critical criminology
    19:Social harm
    20:Right and left realism
    21:Integrated theories of crime
    22:Searching for the causes of crime
    Part 4: Responding to Crime
    23:Criminal justice principles
    24:Criminal justice institutions
    25:Criminal justice policies and practices
    26:Crime prevention
    27:Crime control
    29:Rehabilitation of offenders
    30:Alternatives to punishment
    31:Critical perspectives on punishment
    Part 5: Research and Careers in Criminology
    32:Conducting criminological research
    33:Employability and careers


"The book offers excellent coverage of key areas of criminology, and its student focus is unmatched by any other introductory text I have read - its ability to engage and inspire readers is remarkable! Recommending it has made a demonstrable difference for our teaching team and students, and I consider it a must for any undergraduate criminology reading list." - Victoria Gadd, Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University

"This text retains the first editions standout approach but now includes content on the most pressing issues of our time. It is a fantastic resource for students at all levels, written by some of the leading scholars in the field." - Professor Matthew Williams, Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University

"The new edition of this excellent book is an invaluable and unique resource. Engaging, exciting, and practical, this is the only textbook to put students at its centre and it will encourage and inspire the next generation of criminologists." - Dr Anna Souhami, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Edinburgh

"This is a brilliant new edition: a very comprehensive aid for students in all aspects of studying criminology, not just for new students but as an invaluable companion for all stages of their journey." - Dr Graham Steventon, Associate Professor in Criminology, Coventry University

"Rigorous in its coverage and highly relevant to the times we're in, this engaging new edition inspires fresh ways of thinking about themes of relevance to criminologists all over the world." - Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of School and Professor in Criminology, University of Leicester

Additional Resources

The Oxford Textbook on Criminology is available as a fully interactive e-book and comes accompanied by extensive online resources.

For students:
- Over 330 multiple choice questions
- Suggested answers to the end of chapter questions
- Additional chapters on the criminal justice systems of the UK's devolved jurisdictions
- Checklists, templates, and resources on making sense of academic writing; principles of research ethics; and assessing your employability

For lecturers:
- Exam and essay questions for each chapter
- Customisable PowerPoint slides for each chapter
- A teaching pack for each chapter, containing ideas on how to use the book material in lectures and smaller groups
- Downloadable versions of all figures in the book

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