Criminological Theory in Context
- John Martyn Chamberlain - Southampton University, UK
Criminological Theory | Criminology (General) | Sociology of Deviance
This book provides a lively, concise and definitive introduction to the study of the causes of crime. Authoritative yet accessible, it offers a guide to the historical development of criminology as an academic discipline and in doing so:
- presents an overview of a range of different theories of crime, including classical, biological, psychological and sociological approaches
- analyses the strengths and weaknesses of each theory discussed
- provides chapter overview boxes and key summary points
- helps you to take your studies further with self-study tasks and suggestions for further reading.
In covering key theoretical positions and placing them in their historical context, Criminological Theory in Context is perfect for students taking introductory courses in criminological theory.
This is a perfect textbook especially for criminology and criminal justice students. It is especially useful for students in their first year of an undergraduate programme. It is a student friendly textbook. I would highly recommend this to students.
We are currently in the process of reviewing our undergraduate course and the module which this book was considered for is being reworked. However, the book is excellent - very logically structured around 'ideas' rather than a straightforward chronology.
Comprehensive look at a range of criminological theories that gives inexperienced students a broader understanding.
This book clearly put all the theories in an understandable way and logically built on each to give examples that made them understandable. On the whole the book was easy to read and was very comprehensive in relation to ascertaining the dividing line between theories that are often lumped together and therefore mixed up.
I have given this book a highly recommended status for my students
This is a really clear textbook that covers a wide range of relevant areas.
A good addition to the body of work in this area. Tierney remains a favourite
This book has been used with level 3 learners. I have adopted the text and incorporated as part of the essential reading.
The theories are analysed which aids the learner to understand and evaluate each theory in their assignments.
Well received by my level 5 students completing their Crim Theory assignment.
An excellent text book. A must for all students who are interested in criminology. Packed full of theories looking at psychological and sociological perspectives. Excellent self study task that provoke the mind. A must have for a students book collection.
A good all round book, maybe a bit to general for specific policing courses. Better suited for wholly criminological courses. I was hoping it would be able to explore criminological theory in a more basic way.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 8: Postmodern Critical Standpoints and the Criminal Life Course