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Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Criminology books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Criminology: The Core (2018)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListConcise, current and affordable, CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, 7th Edition, delivers cutting-edge coverage in an easy-reading paperback. Author Larry Siegel guides you through the fast-paced field of Criminology, its most current research and fascinating examples that help you understand criminological theory. Details on the crimes of real-life people illustrate concepts, and unbiased coverage of even the most controversial issues enables you to form your own opinions. You’ll get the latest insights into political crime; terrorism (e.g. ISIS); white-collar, blue-collar and green-collar crime; cybercrime; transnational crime (e.g….
Author(s): Larry J. Siegel

2. Criminology (Justice Series) (3rd Edition) (2015)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in Criminology This text is part of the Justice Series   provides an affordable, thought-provoking look at criminology that uses clear writing and eye-catching visuals to get your students straight to the important concepts. By focusing on these core concepts, students will gain true understanding of the material, without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information. With an approach that focuses on social problems versus social responsibility, students will learn to think critically about the causes of crime and see the link between crime theories and crime policies. The book's conversation-starting pedagogy…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

3. Introduction to Criminology: Why Do They Do It? (2017)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology, Why Do They Do It?, Second Edition, by Pamela J. Schram Stephen G. Tibbetts, offers a contemporary and integrated discussion of the key theories that help us understand crime in the 21st century. With a focus on why offenders commit crimes, this bestseller skillfully engages students with real-world cases and examples to help students explore the fundamentals of criminology. To better align with how instructors actually teach this course, coverage of violent and property crimes has been integrated into the theory…
Author(s): Pamela J. Schram, Stephen G. Tibbetts

4. Criminology: The Core (2014)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListConcise, current, and affordable, best-selling CRIMINOLOGY: THE CORE, Fifth Edition delivers cutting-edge coverage in a succinct, reader-friendly paperback. Author Larry Siegel guides users through the fast-paced field of criminology, its most current research, and fascinating examples that help readers truly understand criminological theory. The book effectively uses real-world material to clarify criminology’s concepts and theories. Highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, it also offers unbiased coverage of even the most controversial issues–enabling readers to form their own opinions….
Author(s): Larry J. Siegel

5. Criminology: Theory, Research, and Policy (2015)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListCrime is an important social issue and how policymakers deal with crime (via crime policy) can have enormous social and financial implications. The fourth edition of best-selling Criminology: Theory, Research, and Policy discusses criminal behavior and explores the factors that contribute to crime as well as the social reactions to crime. By making the connection between theory, research, and policy, the authors demonstrate the relevancy of criminological theory in the public attempt to control crime while providing justice. The emphasis on…
Author(s): Gennaro F. Vito, Jeffrey R. Maahs

6. The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2016)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListThe Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sixth Edition continues to demonstrate the vital role research plays by integrating in-depth, real-world case studies with a comprehensive discussion of research methods. By pairing research techniques with practical examples from the field, Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt equip students to evaluate and conduct research. Covering research findings from critical areas in criminal justice, such as police use of force, cybercrime, and race, this text helps students understand the importance of research, not just the process.    …
Author(s): Ronet D. Bachman, Russell K. Schutt

7. Introduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader (SAGE Text/Reader Series in Criminology and Criminal Justice) (2018)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology: A Text/Reader, Fourth Edition offers you a unique, comprehensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the study of criminology. Anthony Walsh and Craig Hemmens provide the best of both worlds―a brief, authored text with carefully selected and edited accompanying readings. Covering both classic and contemporary research in criminology, each reading shows students how to use current research to better understand criminal behavior. Students also gain an interdisciplinary perspective of crime and criminality by exploring the latest theories, concepts, and research from…
Author(s): Anthony Walsh, Craig T. Hemmens

8. Criminology (Justice Series) (5th Edition) (2019)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in criminology. engages students in a study of criminology using interactive components and eye-catching visuals. The text weaves together theory and current events to offer a practical introduction that’s both relevant and interesting. Cases in every chapter along with a wealth of critical-thinking features provoke discussion and offer ample opportunities to apply new knowledge. The explores new theories of criminology, considers the impact of the most pressing issues today, and adds web links to YouTube® videos discussing connections between crime and the…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

9. Criminology: A Complete Introduction (Teach Yourself) (2010)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by Peter Joyce, who is a current criminology lecturer and a leading researcher, Criminology – A complete introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like summaries of key books, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your seminar or exam.The book uses a structure that mirrors many university courses on criminology – starting with…
Author(s): Peter Joyce

10. Introduction to Criminology: Theories, Methods, and Criminal Behavior (2019)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Criminology, Tenth Edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the study of criminology, focusing on the vital core areas of the field―theory, method, and criminal behavior. With more attention to crime typologies than most introductory texts, authors Frank E. Hagan and Leah Elizabeth Daigle investigate all forms of criminal activity, such as organized crime, white collar crime, political crime, and environmental crime. The methods of operation, the effects on society and policy decisions, and the connection between theory and criminal behavior are all explained in a clear, accessible manner….
Author(s): Frank E. Hagan, Leah E. Daigle

11. Criminology For Dummies (2009)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListYour thorough guide to comprehending and combating crime Are you fascinated by criminology, forensics, and detective work? This you-are-there guide takes you deep into the world of crime, giving you a better understanding of the dark recesses of the criminal mind and how law enforcement officials investigate crime. You’ll gain real-world knowledge of the reasons for and consequences of crime, the way society responds to it, and, most important, how crime can be prevented. Open the book and find: #180,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #907 in Criminology (Books) #2811 in Behavioral Sciences (Books) Would you like…
Author(s): Steven Briggs

12. Criminology Today: An Integrative Introduction (9th Edition) (What’s New in Criminal Justice) (2018)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListFor courses in criminology. With a hallmark theme of social problems versus individual responsibility, prompts students to think critically about the causes of crime and the link between crime theories and policies. Real-life stories and up-to-date issues and examples bring to life both historical and modern criminological approaches. The provides more coverage of terrorism and cyberterrorism, including an overview of the many types of terrorist groups and the findings and recommendations of special committees and government bodies. , is also available…
Author(s): Frank Schmalleger

13. Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context (2019)

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate ListHow do societies define crime, and how should it be punished or prevented? Which is a more criminal act, causing a death by dumping toxic material or by shooting a victim with a gun? Are criminals born or made? Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context, Tenth Edition, offers a broad perspective on criminological theory. It provides students of criminology and sociology with a thorough exposure to a range of theories about crime, contrasting their logic and assumptions, but also highlighting efforts to integrate and blend these frameworks. In this tenth edition, the authors have…
Author(s): Stephen E. Brown, Finn-Aage Esbensen, et al.

Best Criminology Books: The Ultimate List

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The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author(s): Bachman, Ronet; Schutt, Russell K.
Publisher: Sage, Year: 2020, Size: 31 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2376905

Public Order Policing in Hong Kong: The Mongkok Riot

Author(s): Kam C. Wong
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2312088

Synergy of Community Policing and Technology: A Comparative Approach

Author(s): Georgios Leventakis, M. R. Haberfeld
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354031

Richard Quinney: Journey of Discovery

Author(s): Clemens Bartollas, Dragan Milovanovic
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354159

Combating Wildlife Crime in South Africa: Using Gelatine Lifters for Forensic Trace Recovery

Author(s): Claude-Hélène Mayer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354658

The Illegal Wildlife Trade in China: Understanding The Distribution Networks

Author(s): Rebecca W. Y. Wong
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407472

Representing the Experience of War and Atrocity: Interdisciplinary Explorations in Visual Criminology

Author(s): Ronnie Lippens, Emma Murray
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407516

Crime in Japan: A Psychological Perspective

Author(s): Laura Bui, David P. Farrington
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407541

Transnational Drug Trafficking Across the Vietnam-Laos Border

Author(s): Hai Thanh Luong
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407828

Children and Crime in India: Causes, Narratives and Interventions

Author(s): Saju Parackal, Rita Panicker
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407972

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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