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NCJ Number: 134638 Find in a Library
Title: Criminology
Author(s): P Beirne; J Messerschmidt
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 704
Sponsoring Agency: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
New York, NY 10017
Publication Number: ISBN 0-15-516122-9
Sale Source: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
757 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text is intended to introduce the basic aspects of modern criminology to undergraduate students.
Abstract: The first section defines crime and its measurement, describing both official and unofficial sources of crime data and emphasizing the inherent biases in the way that all data are conceived and constructed. The second section presents a sociological typology of crime and discusses the nature, extent, types, and costs of crime not only in the street but also in the family, the workplace, and society. The third section uses a chronological approach to examine modern criminological theories in terms of their origins, relationships to other theories, criticisms, and contributions to current understanding of crime. The final section examines the relationship between crime and structured social inequality in the United States and other countries. Laws, police practices, and correctional policies are also explored with respect to their effects on the links between crime and structured social inequality. Figures, tables, photographs, chapter summaries and discussion questions, lists of credits and recommended readings, subject and author indexes, and approximately 1,000 references (Author summary modified)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Course materials; Crime causes theory; Crime typologies
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