Key Perspectives in Criminology

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Open University Press, May 1, 2009 - Law - 184 pages
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This book is an invaluable reference for those new to the field of criminology, who are looking for a clear outline of the major perspectives and traditions found in criminology.

The author has outlined the ideas, concepts and traditions of the key theoretical perspectives that drive contemporary debate. Topics discussed include:

  • Anomie theory
  • Classical criminology
  • Critical criminology
  • Labelling theory
  • Positivism
  • Post-modernism
  • Subcultural theory
Key Perspectives in Criminology is not simply a dictionary of criminology, but a welcome introduction for those with a genuine interest in the terms, concepts, themes and debates in the field.

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\John Tierney is Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, UK. His research interests include criminological theory and its historical development, and alcohol consumption, crime and disorder.

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