Criminology: A Sociological Understanding
This text aims to develop an understanding of crime and criminal justice by treating social structure and inequality as central themes in the study of crime. It gives attention to key sociological concepts such as poverty, gender, race, and ethnicity and demonstrates their influence on crime.
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Summary and Conclusion
Preface Xlll Brief Look Back 29 Crime Myths
The Effects of Media Coverage
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