This is a text for criminology students designed to take them to the heart of the contradictions, confusions and blurred boundaries around the subject of crime, about what crime is, about social regulation and control, and about social responsibility. It focuses on the key questions and issues underpinning them in contemporary definitions, representations and explanations of crime. It aims to question the platitudes and cliches surrounding public discussion of crime, by acknowledging the individual, social and political frameworks within which we explore crime and criminality.

chapter 1|19 pages

Capturing criminology

ByKeith Soothill

chapter 2|17 pages

Crime and the media: public narratives and private consumption

ByMoira Peelo

chapter 4|16 pages

Inequality and crime

ByChris Grover

chapter 5|14 pages

Burning issues: fire, carnival and crime

ByMike Presdee

chapter 6|19 pages

Drug and alcohol studies: key debates in the field

ByFiona Measham

chapter 9|9 pages


ByMoira Peelo, Keith Soothill