This is an essential introduction to undergraduate studies in criminology. Short, clear and concise, it provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes covered on your criminology course.
The second edition provides:
Summaries of key course content, including new sections on race and ethnicity, cybercrime, ordinary crime, state crime, global and comparative criminology, green criminology and zemiology
A helpful study skills section with extensive advice on how to write essays and pass exams, including new sections on how to avoid plagiarism and how to find, read and use journal articles
Recent international case studies drawn from the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa and The United States
An all new companion website providing guides to further reading and links to relevant blogs, journal articles and useful websites
Criminology: The Essentials is an indispensible learning tool. As well as mapping out course content in a coherent and engaging way, it offers helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of your studies.
I became a Professor in Criminology at Staffordshire University in 2017, having started my career as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2003 at the University of Central England. Before I moved into academia I had previously worked for NACRO and the National Probation Service. I have previously held academic posts at Birmingham Law School (University of Birmingham) the Centre for Applied Criminology (Birmingham City University) and the Department of Criminology (University of Leicester). I am currently a member of the executive with the British Society of Criminology (and act as Chair of the Prizes Committee). I was academic advisor on the Howard League Commission into Ex-Military Personnel in Prison (advising the inquiry chair Sir John Nutting QC). I was opening speaker at the launch of Secretary of State for Justice's Inquiry into Veterans within the Criminal Justice System in London in April 2014. My research is largely based on ethnography and in depth interviewing. I undertook a long term ethnographic study of the English Defence League publishing material from that project (with Simon Winlow and Steve Hall) in the well-received book `Rise of the Right'. Prior to that, I used ethnographic methods to study the August 2011 English Riots and material generated from that project featured in `Riots and Political Protest' (With Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and Dan Briggs). My Sage published textbook `Criminology' (2013) is in its second edition and is used as an introduction to the subject of criminology at several universities. I have contributed to a number of criminology and sociology edited collections. I have published articles in international Journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Crime, Media, Culture and the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION Introduction How to Use This Book Why Use This Book? Criminology Essentials: Thinking Like a Criminologist What Is Crime? Perspectives on Crime Categorising Criminological Theory PART TWO: CORE AREAS OF THE CURRICULUM The Origins of Criminology Research Methods in Criminology Locating Crime Within the Individual: Biological and Psychological Approaches Crime as External to the Individual: Classic Sociological Theories Contemporary Criminology Crime Statistics and Crime Data Crime and the Media Youth and Crime Gender and Crime Race and Hate Crime Penology Serious Crime Cybercrime Victimology PART THREE: STUDY, WRITING AND REVISION SKILLS General Introduction Dealing with Theory How to Get the Most Out of Your Lectures How to Make the Most from Your Seminars Essay Writing Tips Revision Hints and Tips Exam Tips PART FOUR Glossary Bibliography Index