Sue Titus Reid, Florida State University--Tallahassee

ISBN: 0072485957,-McGraw-Hill Higher Education Hardcover, 2003


This is an American textbook. Crime is International and Police Journal is purchased by some Law Enforcement Agencies in the USA and other Countries. It is a valuable textbook with much to offer to all police forces worldwide.

Where terms are unfamiliar, the answers can be found in the Glossary, Appendix B will help with law citations as will Appendix A on US constitutional changes, such as "taking the 5th"

What is Criminology about?

The cover of the book shows a shadowy figure, perhaps decamping from the scene (only villains decamp). Who is this? What is he doing? Is he running from something? From something he's done? The ambiguities in this cover image are telling. As many students are surprised to discover the first day of class, criminology does not look so much at crime as it does at the shadowy underside of crime. More than anything, criminology is about the underlying theories that explain criminal behaviour. Types of crimes are covered, of course, but the focus is not on the crime itself-the theft, the homicide, the rape; instead, the focus in criminology is on understanding first, the many theories that help explain why the crime was committed, and second, how those theories interact with social policy and the criminal justice system to deter or perpetuate crime.

Features of this Text

Integrated coverage of law, theory, social science research, and the criminal justice system helps students understand how all of these relate to one another.

Clear, comprehensive coverage of the major theoretical approaches to explaining criminal behaviour insures that students master the foundations of criminology.

Cutting-edge sections on terrorism, including the events of September 11, and their aftermath, cyber stalking, identity theft, and more, make the text more relevant for today's student.

Unique Media Focus boxes in every chapter heighten the book's accessibility and relevancy

Chapter-opening abstracts, outlines, and key-terms lists serve as the student's road map to the chapter.

Built-in study guides-chapter summary, review questions, Internet activities, essay assignments, and Internet resources-make preparing for exams and writing papers easy.

Unique appendices, one containing selected constitutional amendments for quick and easy reference, and a second on how to read a case citation, reinforce the text's commitment to integrating law with coverage of theory, research, and the criminal justice system.

This text gives students a broad context in which to study the history, theories, and responses to crime and criminology. The text includes legal case extracts to demonstrate the role of the courts in the reformation of the criminal justice system. The book gives readers a solid understanding of the integral relationship between the law and theories of criminal behaviour.

Part I. Introduction to the Study of Crime and Criminology

Chapter 1. Crime, Criminal Law, and Criminology

Chapter 2. The Measurement of Crime and Its Impact

Part II. Explanations of Criminal Behaviour

Chapter 3. Early Explanations of Criminal Behaviour and Their

Modern Counterparts

Chapter 4. Biological and Psychological Theories of Criminal Behaviour

Chapter 5. Sociological Theories of Criminal Behaviour I: The

Social-Structural Approach

Chapter 6. Sociological Theories of Criminal Behaviour II: The

Social-Process Approach

Part III. Types of Crime

Chapter 7. Violent Crimes

Chapter 8. Property Crimes

Chapter 9. Business and Government-Related Crimes

Chapter 10. Drug Abuse, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime

Part IV. Criminal Justice Systems

Chapter 11. U.S. Criminal Justice Systems

Chapter 12. Police

Chapter 13. Court Systems

Part V. Social Reaction to Crime: Corrections

Chapter 14. The Confinement of Offenders

Chapter 15. Corrections in the Community


Appendix A. Selected Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

Appendix B. Guide to Legal Citations of Reported Decisions

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