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Crime, Justice, and Society: An Introduction to Criminology, 4th edition

Ronald J. Berger, Marvin D. Free, Jr., Melissa Deller, and Patrick K. O’Brien
Crime, Justice, and Society: An Introduction to Criminology, 4th edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-225-2
$38.50
ISBN: 978-1-62637-422-5
$38.50
2015/471 pages/LC: 2014048177
Praise for the previous editions:
               
"The best introduction to criminology on the market by far."—Erik D. Fritsvold, University of San Diego
   
"Encourages students to critically assess the causes and patterns of crime, forms of victimization, and institutional responses, and provides a context for understanding the structural complexities related to criminal behavior."—Robert L. Peralta, University of Akron

DESCRIPTION

Now fully revised, Crime, Justice, and Society is designed not only to introduce students to the core issues of criminology, but also to help them think critically about often-sensationalized topics.

Features of the 4th edition include:   

• A student-friendly, streamlined organization
• Firsthand perspectives from offenders, victims, and criminal justice professionals
• Expanded coverage of corporate and government crime
• A focus on the dynamics of class, race, and ethnicity
• A chapter on drug-related crime and antidrug laws
• Discussion of topics in the news: marijuana laws, sex trafficking, stand-your-ground policies, and more

This new edition of a now-classic text—both accessible and sophisticated—will be welcomed by students and instructors alike.    

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronald J. Berger and Marvin D. Free, Jr., are professors emeritus of sociology; Melissa Deller is senior lecturer in sociology; and Patrick K. O’Brien is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.

CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCING SOCIOLOGICAL CRIMINOLOGY.
  • The Social Problem of Crime.
  • Counting Crime.
  • Individualistic Explanations of Crime.
  • Microsocial Explanations of Crime.
  • Macrosocial Explanations of Crime.
  • PATTERNS OF CRIMINALITY AND VICTIMIZATION.
  • Street Crime.
  • Illegal Drugs.
  • Sexual Violence.
  • Corporate Crime.
  • Political and Government Crime.
  • THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
  • Police and the Courts.
  • Punishment and Corrections.