Introduces the basic aspects of modern criminology to undergraduate students and emphasizes the importance of historical, feminist, and comparative perspectives on crime. Thoroughly revised, this comprehensive text offers a critical sociological perspective on the relationship between crime and structured social inequality and attempts to answer what crime is and why it occurs by examining the four major forms of social inequality in the U.S.--class, gender, race, age--and their influence on patterns of crime and victimization. Features: * Chapters 1-3 outline how crime is disseminated in mass media, summarize the key elements of crime as a legal category and introduce three key sociological concepts of criminology: crime, criminal law and criminalization. * Chapters 4-9 examine typologies of crime and give a comprehensive overview of the nature, extent, types and costs of crime. * Chapters 10-16 present a chronological, historical and systematic guide to modern criminological theory, providing thorought descriptions of each. New to this edition: * Offers updated crime data, criminology research and strong reorganization. * Discusses hate crimes, homosexual partner battering, crimes against animal and collective embezzlement.
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"This book stands head and shoulders above most criminology textbooks because it provides a clearly critical sociological perspective on the problem of crime, while giving a balanced overview of the field in its entirety. It logically organizes appropriate content, and does so through a writing style that is both sophisticated yet accessible to the average student."--Raymond Michalowski, Northern Arizona UniversityAbout the Author:
Piers Beirne is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.
James W. Messerschmidt is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies in the Department
of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.
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Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110155019260
Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 2. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0155019260