Title: Crime & Criminology
Author: Rob White, Fiona Haines & Nicole L. Asquith
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Non-fiction, Psychology, Science
Dates read: 24th March – 26th May 2020
Format: Non-fictional text
Publisher: Oxford University Press
5th sentence, 74th page: In particular, society itself could be studied as if were external to the observer.
Crime and Criminology provides a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the study of crime. This sixth edition explores the key theories that explain criminal behaviour in society, providing students with the opportunity to evaluate how criminologists employ these theories in analyses of criminological issues.
Written by an expert author team, this tewntieth anniversary edition has been thoroughly updated to inclued new examples and expand on new directions in crime and criminology.
The book includes learning features designed to engage students in criminology by demonstrating how criminological theory can be placed in both a historical and contemporary context, and how it both frames and draws from research. It provides learning pathways beyond specific theories, equipping students with the skills to understand their own theoretical perspectives, and the social context, history and concepts of each criminological theory.
This is one of those textbooks that you end up reading the whole thing throughout the entirety of a course. And I was honestly wondering whether or not to include it in my reviews and reading for the year. And then I realised that a) I did read it, so it should be included. And b) even if this isn’t a novel, it’s still a book that had authors put a lot of effort into it, and I should recognise that with a review.
This is a very easy and accessible textbook. It encompasses so many different psychological theories that help to explain crime. But it does so in a very open and accessible format. Particularly when considering how difficult I sometimes find wadding through theoretical information.
The division of each chapter was brilliantly done – it gave you a historical perspective that actually provided information and not a list of names. And it did so in a consistent manner throughout the text. There were also great contemporary examples and a number of case studies. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and couldn’t stop thinking about the many aspects of criminology that were bought to life.