Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, 8th edition

  • Steven E. Barkan

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Criminology: A Sociological Understanding presents award-winning coverage of the sociology of criminology. It assesses the impact of race, ethnicity, gender and social class on crime and the treatment of criminals. Moving beyond simple “get tough” approaches, Author Steven Barkan asserts that understanding the social causes of criminal behavior is the first step to addressing it. He urges readers to take a critical eye to our reliance on the criminal justice system as a means of reducing crime.

The thoroughly revised 8th Edition includes the latest statistics and research on crime and criminal justice available as the text went to production. Dozens of new references have been added and older ones deleted.

Published by Pearson (September 1st 2023) - Copyright © 2023

ISBN-13: 9780137636150

Subject: Criminal Justice

Category: Introduction to Criminology



  1. Criminology and the Sociological Perspective
  2. Public Opinion, the News Media, and the Crime Problem
  3. The Measurement and Patterning of Criminal Behavior
  4. Victims and Victimization


  1. Classical and Neoclassical Perspectives
  2. Biological and Psychological Explanations
  3. Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Structure
  4. Sociological Theories: Emphasis on Social Process
  5. Sociological Theories: Critical Perspectives


  1. Violent Crime: Homicide, Assault, and Robbery
  2. Violence Against Women
  3. Property Crime and Fraud
  4. White-Collar and Organized Crime
  5. Political Crime


  1. Consensual Crime
  2. Policing: Dilemmas of Crime Control in a Democratic Society
  3. Prosecution and Punishment
  4. Conclusion: How Can We Reduce Crime?

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