Criminal Justice Theory: An Introduction

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Criminal Justice Theory

Criminal Justice Theory examines the theoretical foundations of criminal justice in the modern era, whilst also considering legal philosophy and ethics, explaining criminal behaviour, and discussing policing, the court process and penology in the context of contemporary socio-economic debates.

Throughout the book a realist theoretical thread acts as a guide interlinking concepts of social progress, conflict and carceral models of criminal justice, whilst also recognising our collusion in the creation of an increasingly pervasive culture of socio-control that now characterises contemporary society.

The complex theoretical issues tackled in this book are addressed in an accessible style, making this a relevant and comprehensive introduction to criminal justice theory for students on a wide range of undergraduate criminal justice modules. It will also be a helpful guide for those commencing postgraduate studies in the disciplines of criminal justice, criminology and law.

Roger Hopkins Burke is Criminology Subject Leader at Nottingham Trent University where he teaches criminological theory and juvenile justice to both undergraduates and postgraduates. His numerous publications include Zero Tolerance Policing (Perpetuity Press, 1998), Hard Cop/Soft Cop (Willan Press, 2004), Young People, Crime and Justice (Willan Press, 2008) and An Introduction to Criminological Theory (2001, 2005, 2009).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Criminal Justice Theory i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • 1- Introduction - Modernity and Criminal Justice 1
  • 2- Explaining Crime and Criminal Behaviour 29
  • 3- The Philosophy of Law and Legal Ethics 58
  • 4- Policing Modern Society 84
  • 5- The Legal Process in Modern Society 111
  • 6- Punishment in Modern Society 144
  • 7- Youth Justice in Modern Society 172
  • 8- Conclusions - The Future of Criminal Justice 194
  • Notes 215
  • References 222
  • Author Index 249
  • Subject Index 256
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