This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.

What Determines a Criminal Today?

What determines a criminal today?

Overview

Chapter 1 examines:

  • The distinctions between crime and deviance
  • The rationale behind why the law changes over time
  • The changing nature of criminal offences
  • The way criminal statistics are presented and interpreted
  • The role of the victim in criminal procedure

The study of criminology today includes the understanding of the concept of globalisation of crime which examines the role that crime plays as an agent of social change. Linked to criminalisation and social development, you can begin to understand the political economy of crime and crime in transitional cultures, such as the war on terror, the globalisation of economies, and the increasing social diversity and division in our societies.

The boundaries between public and private life have become increasingly blurred with high levels ...

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