Criminology: a contemporary introduction

Murphy, Tony (2019). Criminology: a contemporary introduction. London: SAGE.



An introductory text for first year criminology students, covering the key questions, debates and theoretical models in the field, as well as themes of inequality, social justice, and human rights, to encourage an international or 'globalised' understanding of crime and justice matters.

The book provides students with a strong, interdisciplinary foundation to their criminological studies, covering all the key topics taught on a first year course, including:

The causes and prevalence of crime
Doing criminological research
The social divisions (class, power and inequality) that relate to crime and justice
The role of politics and the media
Corporate crime and cybercrime
Global justice

All content is supported by case studies on contemporary issues, and online resources for students and lecturers, consisting of video interviews between the author and academics or practitioners in the field of criminology, addressing key topics outlined in the book and discussing case studies. There are also lecturer PowerPoint slides, testbank, and web links to blogs, datasets, specialised video and audio materials.

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