Key Concepts in Crime and Society

by Ross Coomber, Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Karen McElrath, John Scott

Series: SAGE Key Concepts series

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  • 9780857022554
  • 9781473925298
  • 9781473925151

"A crucial text for whetting the academic appetite of those studying criminology at university. The comprehensive engagement with key crime and deviance debates and issues make this a perfect springboard for launching into the complex, diverse and exciting realm of researching criminology."
- Dr Ruth Penfold-Mounce, University of York


"Essential reading for those new to the discipline and an invaluable reference point for those well versed in criminology and the sociology of crime and deviance."
- Dr Mark Monaghan, University of Leeds

Key Concepts in Crime and Society offers an authoritative introduction to key issues in the area of crime as it connects to society. By providing critical insight into the key issues within each concept as well as highlighted cross-references to other key concepts, students will be helped to grasp a clear understanding of each of the topics covered and how they relate to broader areas of crime and criminality. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Understanding Crime and Criminality: introduces topics such as the social construction of crime and deviance, social control, the fear of crime, poverty and exclusion, white collar crime, victims of crime, race/gender and crime.
  • Types of Crime and Criminality: explores examples including human trafficking, sex work, drug crime, environmental crime, cyber crime, war crime, terrorism, and interpersonal violence.
  • Responses to Crime: looks at areas such as crime and the media, policing, moral panics, deterrence, prisons and rehabilitation.

The book provides an up-to-date, critical understanding on a wide range of crime related topics covering the major concepts students are likely to encounter within the fields of sociology, criminology and across the social sciences.


  • SAGE Publications; December 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473925298
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Key Concepts in Crime and Society
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts series
  • Author: Ross Coomber; Joseph F. Donnermeyer; Karen McElrath; John Scott
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780857022554
  • 9781473925298
  • 9781473925151

In The Press

The four authors of this concise volume provide an authoritative introduction to diverse key concepts about crime and its relationship to society. Each chapter starts with a definition (e.g., deviance, social control, normalization), providing readers with the vocabulary and conceptual framework for fully understanding chapter contents... a very good way to expose students and the public (and scholars from outside fields) to definitions, ideas, and theories of crime and society.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780857022554
  • 9781473925298
  • 9781473925151