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Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives

Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives - 05 edition

Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780761940326

ISBN10: 0761940324

Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives by Philip Smith and Kristin Natalier - ISBN 9780761940326
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Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
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Understanding Criminal Justice : Sociological Perspectives by Philip Smith and Kristin Natalier - ISBN 9780761940326

ISBN13: 9780761940326

ISBN10: 0761940324

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 05

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Summary

Is there really an intrinsic link between the law and our criminal justice system? What exactly is it and can an understanding of wider sociological issues tell us anything about this relationship?

Understanding Criminal Justice addresses the fundamental relationship between law and the criminal justice system, and the ways in which both are intimately connected with wider social forces.

The book provides an essential introduction coverering classic themes, debates and literatures to ground the student before moving on to contemporary themes such as globalisation, internet regulation and the media. The subject matter is contextualised within the wider social framework by calling into play the historical, political, community and cultural inputs that impact upon concrete policies and practice. The authors integrate theory with data and examples from the UK, USA and Australia.

Through the inclusion of the following pedagogical devices, the student is encouraged to more fully and independently develop their understanding of key questions and issues:

  • review questions and exercises
  • further reading lists
  • suggested internet sites
  • highlighted key terms
  • bullets to summarise key points
  • boxed sections on themes, definitions and case studies

This comprehensive overview is ideal for 1st and 2nd year undergraduates in Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, Law, Legal Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Policing. Having used this text the reader will come to appreciate the myriad paths through which law and the criminal justice system play a vital, if contested, role in our society.