Textbook on Criminology by Katherine S. Williams

Textbook on Criminology

byKatherine S. Williams

Paperback | March 29, 2012

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Textbook on Criminology offers an engaging and wide-ranging account of crime and criminology, addressing the theoretical, practical, and political aspects of the subject. The clarity of approach makes it an ideal text for students wishing to gain a firm grasp of the fundamental issues,together with an appreciation of some of the complexities surrounding the study of criminology. The author deals with the major questions of criminology, such as 'how do you define a crime?', 'why do people become criminals?', and 'how should we deal with criminals?'. Each question is studied from an objective and academic viewpoint and encourages greater social, political, and philosophicalawareness of crime, criminals, and society's response to them. The text also maps out the changes in crime control and society's expectations in relation to crime control. For example, students will find the insightful chapter on terrorism and state violence to be of particular interest andrelevance; established criminological theories are applied, and the author addresses issues such as political responses to terrorism and the reasons why people become terrorists. The text is ideal both for students studying towards a degree in criminology, and students opting to study criminology as part of another subject, such as law.

About The Author

Katherine S. Williams is Lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Prior to this she taught at the University of Liverpool for nine years. Her main teaching areas are criminology, criminal justice, human rights and welfare law, and social policy. As well as her work on criminology she has recently published in the areas ...
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Title:Textbook on CriminologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:664 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:March 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199592705

ISBN - 13:9780199592708

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Introduction to theory2. Definitions, terminology and the criminal process3. Public conceptions and misconceptions of crime4. The extent of crime: a comparison of official and unofficial calculations5. Victims, survivors, and victimology6. Influences of physical factors and genetics on criminality7. Influences of biochemical factors and of the central and autonomic nervous systems on criminality8. Psychological theories of criminality9. Mental disorder and criminality10. Intelligence and learning11. The sociology of criminality12. Anomie, strain and juvenile subculture13. Control theories14. Labelling, phenomenology and ethnomethodology15. Conflict theories and radical criminologies16. Criminology and realism17. Positivist explanations of female criminality18. Feminist theories19. Terrorism and state violence20. Governance, risk and globalisation theoriesEnvoiUseful websitesName IndexSubject Index