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Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 4th Edition

Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 4th Edition
Author: Steve E. Barkan
ISBN 13: 9780132350068
ISBN 10: 132350068
Edition: 4
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2008-03-10
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 630
List Price: $166.20

Completely updated and revised throughout, and featuring a new full-color design, this book provides a sociological perspective on crime and criminal justice by treating social structure and social inequality as central themes in the study of crime–and major factors in society's treatment of criminals.

It gives explicit attention to key sociological concepts such as poverty, gender, race, and ethnicity, and demonstrates their influence on crime. Covers hot topics such as the death penalty, terrorism, evolutionary biology, stalking, identity theft, computer crime, white collar crime and more. Also features unique coverage of topics not found in other introductory criminology books—including “Public Opinion, the News Media and the Crime Problem,” “Political Crime,” and “How Can We Reduce Crime?”

For those with current or future criminology careers.


An intelligent undergraduate level presentation of sociological criminology, emphasizing the influence of social structure and inequality on crime and on the criminal justice system's responses to crime. Every chapter provides a summary, conclusion, key terms, and highlights controversies and international issues. Includes an excellent glossary, extensive references, and is indexed by name and subject. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.