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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 for all students new to the subject. As well as introducing ideas about crime and criminals, it is intended to help students make sense of criminology as a study or discipline. The authors present criminology as a debate about assessing and evaluating information connected with crime.

The book explores the key issues, philosophies and debates in criminology, making use of a variety of writers and texts to illuminate recurring themes and tensions in the field. Students are encouraged to become aware of what constitutes data in criminology and to recognize the uses of theory in evaluating criminological problems. In a ground plan of the subject, the history of criminology is set alongside current information about the justice system and awareness of current trends in research. This provides an 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