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Fundamentals of Criminology

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Written and edited by Divya Sharma
©2019, 244 pages

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    Fundamentals of Criminology provides students with a comprehensive overview of the critical theories that are generally taught in undergraduate courses. The valuable insight and information within the text encourages discussion and consideration of policy implications, applications, theoretical evaluation, and the criminal justice system itself.

    The book begins with an overview of crime, criminology, and the criminal justice system, along with an introduction to various databases used to study topics related to crime and justice. In later chapters, students learn the fundamental theories of criminology, including the classical school of thought, the positivist school of thought, social structure theories based on socioeconomic status, power, and wealth, and theories of social learning and social reaction. For each theory, there is a clear introduction and discussion of its key propositions and concepts, followed by an examination of its impact on the criminal justice system and policymaking. The book concludes with chapters addressing white-collar crime, terrorism, and tools for addressing the evolving challenges within the field.

    Fundamentals of Criminology is well-suited for undergraduate courses in sociology, criminal justice, and criminology, especially those that address criminological theory.

    Divvya Sharma holds a Ph.D. in sociology and master’s degrees in sociology and criminal justice. Her research focuses on topics related to informal banking systems; comparative criminology and criminal justice research; and immigration, globalization, and ethnic identity. She has been using mixed methods to study these topics and has collected data in India, Kenya, and the United States.
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    “I have seen many textbook discussions of white collar crime and terrorism. I believe this is, by far, the best and clearest discussion I have seen. The theories are well explained and easy for any student to understand. This is because the language is easy to understand. The examples are clear. The discussions, in general, are interesting and engaging.”
    Pearl Jacobs, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Sacred Heart University

    “The case studies put forth in this book are relevant and up-to-date.”
    Allison Crowson, Program Manager of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Programs, Norwich University

    “This text explains each topic addressed in great detail. It is very thorough and consists of current issues.”
    Dr. Cherly Gary-Furdge, Chair of Public Administration and Management Division of the Criminal Justice Program, North Central Texas College