Critical criminological theories and perspectives are typically major components of Criminology degree courses. An Introduction to Critical Criminology is the first accessible text on these topics for students of criminology, sociology and social policy. Written by an experienced lecturer who specialises in the topic, it offers an in-depth but accessible introduction to foundational and contemporary theories and perspectives in critical criminology.
Dr Pamela Ugwudike is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Swansea University, Wales UK, where she teaches from year 1 to masters level students. After qualifying for the bar in Nigeria, Pamela studied her masters and PhD in Wales. Her specialist subjects are Critical Criminology, Penology, Criminal Justice Policy and Practice, Deterrence, Legal Compliance and the Legitimacy of Authority. She is also an active member of the British Society of Criminology, European Society of Criminology and American Society of Criminology.
Introduction; Part One: Foundational critical criminology; One What is critical criminology?; Two The labelling perspective; Three Conflict perspectives in criminology; Four Marxist criminology; Part Two: Critiquing foundational critical criminology: challenges from Left and Right; Five The advent of neo-conservative criminology; Six Left realism: criticisms from within?; Seven Feminist critiques; Part Three: Contemporary critical criminology; Eight Critical perspectives on crimes of the powerful; Nine Green criminology; Ten Cultural criminology; Eleven Critical Race Theory; Part Four: Critical perspectives on punishment; Twelve Punishment and control; Part Five: Conclusions; Thirteen Future directions in critical criminology.