ISBN 9788130904214,Crime, Justice, and Society: An introduction to criminology

Crime, Justice, and Society: An introduction to criminology



Lynne Rienner Publishers

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9788130904214

ISBN-10 8130904217


Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 608 Pages
Language (English)


Why is the composition of the prison population substantially different from that of the larger society? Why is corporate crime so neglected by the criminal justice system? What have been the results of the "war on drugs"? Crime, Justice, and Society explores these and other significant questions in a compelling introduction to criminology.

Highlighting issues of class, race, ethnicity, and gender, the authors present the study of crime and criminals in an accessible manner. While innovative, their book is organized as a core text for standard introductory criminology courses.

Strong theoretical coverage, enhanced by a new chapter on critical theory
Discussion of a comprehensive range of topics-from organized crime, street crime, and sexual violence to political crime, corporate fraud, and police profiling
Real-life examples, conveying the experiences of offenders, victims, and criminal justice personnel
An approach that facilitates critical thinking

About the Author
Ronald J. Berger is professor of sociology and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has published ten books, including The Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency, Rape and Society (with P Searles), Feminism and Pornography (with P Searles and C. Cottle), Fathoming the Holocaust, and Storytelling Sociology (with R. Quinney).

Marvin D. Free Jr. is professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin?Whitewater. His previous books include Racial Issues in Criminal Justice and African Americans and the Criminal Justice System.

Table Of Contents
Perspectives on the problem of crime
Part 1: Methods and theories
Crime data and methods of research
Individualistic explanations of criminal behaviour
Sociological explanations of criminal behavior
Conflict theory and critical criminology
Part 2: Patterns of criminality and Victimization
Corporate and Organized crime
Street crime
Gender and crime
Sexual violence
Political and Governmental crime
Part 3: Criminal justice and the search for solutions
The police and the courts
Punishment and prisons
Community corrections and alternative solutions