Written by Peter Joyce, who is a current criminology lecturer and a leading researcher, Criminology: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like summaries of key books, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.
The book uses a structure that mirrors many university courses on criminology - starting with definitions of crime, then examining why people commit crime, and how crime can be prevented and detected. Later chapters hone in on the criminal justice system itself, examining the role of the police, the courts and prisons. This book is unique for its comparative approach to criminology, enabling students to understand criminology in the context of the UK, the US and further afield.
Teach Yourself titles employ the 'Breakthrough method', which is designed specifically to overcome problems that students face.
- Problem: "I find it difficult to remember what I've read."; Solution: this book includes end-of-chapter questions and summaries, and flashcards of key points available on-line and as apps
- Problem: "Most books mention important other sources, but I can never find them in time."; Solution: this book includes key texts and case studies are summarised, complete with fully referenced quotes ready to use in your essay or exam.
- Problem: "Lots of introductory books turn out to cover totally different topics than my course."; Solution: this book is written by a current university lecturer who understands what students are expected to know.
Dr Peter Joyce (Manchester, England) is Principal Lecturer in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has published widely in criminology, and his specialist interests are criminal justice policy, policing, and the protest of protest. He writes a regular column for the ACPO journal, Policing Today.
Chapter One - Introduction - what is crime ? Chapter Two - How do we measure crime ? Chapter Three - Why do people commit crime ? Chapter Four - How can we prevent crime ? Chapter Five - How do we detect crime ? Chapter Six - Murders most foul - serial killers Chapter Seven - the crimes of the powerful Chapter Eight - political crime Chapter Nine - organised crime Chapter Ten - Why do we punish criminals ? Chapter Eleven - What is the criminal justice system and what does it consist of ? Chapter Twelve - The police Chapter Thirteen - The courts Chapter Fourteen - Trial procedure Chapter Fifteen - Prisons Chapter Sixteen- Youth justice systems Chapter Seventeen - Punishment in the community Chapter Eighteen - Recidivism - what it is and how do we prevent it ? Chapter Nineteen - Is the criminal justice system fair ? Chapter Twenty - Conclusion