“The four authors of this concise volume provide an authoritative introduction to diverse key concepts about crime and its relationship to society. Each chapter starts with a definition (e.g., deviance, social control, normalization), providing readers with the vocabulary and conceptual framework for fully understanding chapter contents... a very good way to expose students and the public (and scholars from outside fields) to definitions, ideas, and theories of crime and society.” - K. Evans, Indiana State University, Choice Key Concepts in Crime and Society offers an authoritative introduction to key issues in the area of crime as it connects to society. By providing critical insight into the key issues within each concept as well as highlighted cross-references to other key concepts, students will be helped to grasp a clear understanding of each of the topics covered and how they relate to broader areas of crime and criminality. The book is divided into three parts: • Understanding Crime and Criminality: introduces topics such as the social construction of crime and deviance, social control, the fear of crime, poverty and exclusion, white collar crime, victims of crime, race/gender and crime. • Types of Crime and Criminality: explores examples including human trafficking, sex work, drug crime, environmental crime, cyber crime, war crime, terrorism, and interpersonal violence. • Responses to Crime: looks at areas such as crime and the media, policing, moral panics, deterrence, prisons and rehabilitation. The book provides an up-to-date, critical understanding on a wide range of crime related topics covering the major concepts students are likely to encounter within the fields of sociology, criminology and across the social sciences.



Definition : Rehabilitation is one of the key objectives of criminal justice systems and aims to bring about positive behavioural changes within offenders, encouraging a cessation of offending. The individual is thus transformed in the public and/or private perception from having the identity or image of a criminal to that of a non-criminal or ‘normal’ citizen. In contemporary rehabilitation programmes, offenders participate in a range of therapeutic interventions such as employment and skills programmes and drug and alcohol counselling, either in the community or in prison (Prenzler and Sarre 2009: 260–1).

Proponents of rehabilitative strategies claim that rehabilitation can ‘improve’ individual offenders, increase social participation by making offenders employable and reduce or eliminate re-offending (Robinson 2008: 430). A blurring of ...

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