Criminology: The Basics

Criminology: The Basics

Criminology: The Basics

Criminology: The Basics


As crime continues to be a high profile issue troubling politicians, the public and the media alike, the study of criminology has boomed. Providing an international and comparative introduction to the discipline, Criminology: The Basicsis an accessible guide to the theoretical and practical approaches to the phenomena of crime. Topics covered in this new edition include:

  • challenging myths about crime and offenders
  • the search for criminological explanation
  • thinking about the victim of crime
  • introduction to critical criminology
  • crime prevention and the future of crime control
  • looking to the future, cultural criminology and terrorism.

Easy to read, concise and supported by a glossary of terms and pointers to further reading, Criminology: The Basicsis a perfect introduction to this important and popular subject.


This book is intended to introduce both the lay reader and the prospective student to the issues and dilemmas that exist within the discipline of criminology. As the reader will discover, criminology is not an easy or a straightforward area of analysis to distil into one basic format. It is not like politics or sociology. They are disciplines whose basic concepts and ways of thinking (such as political institutions, concepts of justice or voting behaviour in the case of politics, or the structure of society, social class or questions of identity in the case of sociology) are agreed upon by those working within them. The debates that exist within those disciplines reflect how to make best sense of the polity on the one hand or society on the other. Criminology is different. It is an area of analysis that is not constituted by an agreed set of concepts or ways of thinking but is constituted by its subject matter: crime. As a result psychologists, sociologists, lawyers, politicians, all claim to have something to say about crime but they do not speak the same language or necessarily share in the same understanding of what counts as crime. So, trying to offer a ‘basic’ introduction to an area of analysis like this is neither easy nor straightforward.

There is, of course, another difficulty here, if the reader thinks about the question of what counts as crime. Although those interested in politics, sociology or psychology can talk to each other . . .

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