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Sixth Edition

Stephen Jones

Publication Date - June 2017

ISBN: 9780198768968

480 pages
9.7 x 6.7 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $89.99

A comprehensive yet succinct introduction to the leading sociological and psychological theories of crime and deviance


Now in its sixth edition, Criminology provides students with a comprehensive yet succinct introduction to leading criminological theories. Drawing on a wide range of research in order to consider both sociological and psychological explanations of criminal behavior, Jones poses the important questions, inviting students to critically engage with the subject.

Thoroughly referenced and written in a clear and accessible style, Criminology provides students with a firm foundation in criminological theory.

New to this Edition

  • Fully updated and expanded to incorporate key developments in the field, including recent research on definitions of criminal behavior, crime and the environment, and the implications of the media's portrayal of crime
  • Includes recent criminal statistics from the Office for National Statistics


  • A comprehensive yet succinct introduction to the leading sociological and psychological theories of crime and deviance, providing the firm foundation of knowledge that students need in order to fully grasp the subject
  • Provides in-depth coverage of the historical background of contemporary theories
  • Written in a clear and engaging style that helps students understand the more complex aspects of criminology

About the Author(s)

Stephen Jones is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the 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 Rraditions
    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 Offenses

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