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Making sense of criminology
Soothill, Keith.
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Cambridge, UK : Polity Press ; Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 2002.
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xiv, 188 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction to criminology -- Knowing about crime -- Knowing about the justice system -- Whose justice is it? -- Explaining crime and criminality -- Criminology and social policy -- Blurring the boundaries: power, protest, and pleasure -- Criminology in a changing world.
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HV6025 .S634 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Making Sense of Criminology is a clear, concise introduction forall students new to the subject. As well as introducing ideas aboutcrime and criminals, it is intended to help students make sense ofcriminology as a study or discipline. The authors presentcriminology as a debate about assessing and evaluating informationconnected with crime.

The book explores the key issues, philosophies and debates incriminology, making use of a variety of writers and texts toilluminate recurring themes and tensions in the field. Students areencouraged to become aware of what constitutes data in criminologyand to recognize the uses of theory in evaluating criminologicalproblems. In a ground plan of the subject, the history ofcriminology is set alongside current information about the justicesystem and awareness of current trends in research. This providesan excellent base on which new students can build their study.

Author Notes

Keith Soothill is Professor of Social Research at Lancaster University.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures and Tablesp. vi
Preface: What is Criminology About?p. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
1 Introduction to Criminologyp. 1
2 Knowing about Crimep. 21
3 Knowing about the Justice Systemp. 43
4 Whose Justice Is It?p. 64
5 Explaining Crime and Criminalityp. 85
6 Criminology and Social Policyp. 110
7 Blurring the Boundaries: Power, Protest and Pleasurep. 132
8 Criminology in a Changing Worldp. 152
Resources for Further Studyp. 171
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 184