An Introduction to Critical Criminology

Pamela Ugwudike

An Introduction to Critical Criminology

Pamela Ugwudike

Distributed for Bristol University Press

272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $44.95 ISBN: 9781447309420 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447309406 Published June 2015 For sale in North and South America only
The first book on critical criminology theories and perspectives for students of criminology, sociology, and social policy, this book offers an in-depth but accessible introduction to foundational and contemporary ideas in the field. Using examples, highlighting key points, and offering sample essay questions, Pamela Ugwudike presents students with a vast array of theories and perspectives, including many that challenge mainstream criminological notions about the causes of crime and the operation of the criminal justice system. Aiming not only to familiarize students with these concepts but also to encourage them to develop critical thinking, An Introduction to Critical Criminology will be an ideal text for criminology courses.

Part One: Foundational critical criminology
One: What is critical criminology?
Two: The labelling perspective
Three: Conflict perspectives in criminology
Four: Marxist criminology

Part Two: Critiquing foundational critical criminology: challenges from Left and Right
Five: The advent of neo-conservative criminology
Six: Left realism: criticisms from within?
Seven: Feminist critiques

Part Three: Contemporary critical criminology
Eight: Critical perspectives on crimes of the powerful
Nine: Green criminology
Ten: Cultural criminology
Eleven: Critical Race Theory

Part Four: Critical perspectives on punishment
Twelve: Punishment and control

Part Five: Conclusions
Thirteen: Future directions in critical criminology.
Review Quotes
Brian Burtch, Simon Fraser University, Canada
“An incisive introduction to critical criminology that is rich in theoretical concepts and illustrated with vivid examples. This is a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.”
Peter Squires, University of Brighton , UK
“Ugwudike has done an excellent job, drawing together many of the radical, critical, and conflict voices and perspectives in criminology, while evaluating them in a way that will be both interesting and accessible for readers.”
Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford and editor of “Theoretical Criminology”
“This clearly written introduction is a welcome addition. Ugwudike presents complex ideas in an accessible fashion, revealing the weighty contribution of critical perspectives within criminology and including underrepresented feminist and critical race theories.”
David Scott, Liverpool John Moores University
“A wonderfully written account of both the foundations and contemporary theoretical priorities of critical criminologists. Essential reading for students, teachers, and researchers.”
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