Provides a consideration of theoretical, practical, and political aspects of crime and criminology. Including a chapter on state and terrorism and revisions to several other chapters, this edition aims to give the reader guidelines on the issues at stake and help on how to find the answers using biological, psychological and sociological theories.
The fifth edition of Kate Williams' Textbook on Criminology continues to provide a comprehensive consideration of theoretical, practical, and political aspects of crime and criminology. Including a new chapter on state and terrorism and major revisions to several other chapters, this new edition aims to give the reader guidelines on the issues at stake and help on how to best find the answers using biological, psychological and sociological theories. The book deals with the major questions of criminology, such as 'How do you define a crime?', 'Why do people become criminals?' and 'What should we do to prevent crime and deal with criminals?'. Each question is studied from an objective and academic viewpoint and encourages greater social, political, and philosophical awareness of crime, criminals, and society's response to them. The fifth edition is substantially updated and revised and maps out the changes in crime control and societal expectation in relation to crime control as the move has been made from a welfare to a neo-liberal state. It also focuses more clearly on certain aspects of crime and criminology, such as terrorism and state crimes, which have come to the fore in recent years.
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Kate Williams is currently a Lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and prior to this lectured in Law at the University of Liverpool for nine years. Her main teaching areas are criminology, criminal justice, human rights and welfare law and social policy. As well as her work on criminology she has recently published in the areas of criminal justice computer law and child sexual abuse.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Definitions, Terminology and the Criminal Process; 3. Public Conceptions and Misconceptions of Crime; 4. The Extent of Crime: A Comparison of Official and Unofficial Calculations; 5. Victims, Survivors, and Victimology; 6. Influences of Physical Factors and Genetics on Criminality; 7. Influences of Biochemical Factors and of the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems on Criminality; 8. Psychological Theories of Criminality; 9. Mental Disorder and Criminality; 10. Intelligence and Learning; 11. The Sociology of Criminality; 12. Anomie, Strain, and Juvenile Subculture; 13. Control Theories; 14. Labelling, Phenomenology, and Ethnomethodology; 15. Conflict Theories and Radical Criminologies; 16. Criminology and Realism; 17. Positivist Explanations of Female Criminality; 18. Feminist Theories; 19. Terrorism ans State Violence; 20. Governance, Risk, and Globalisation Theories; 21. Envoi
Textbook on Criminology by Katherine Williams
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