‘Criminologists have been waiting a very long time for a psychology of crime that speaks their language. Finally it has arrived.’ - Dr David Gadd, Keele University Now in an updated second edition, this book explores the links between psychology and crime, taking the reader through psychological explanations of crime and the use of psychology within the criminal justice system. The book aims to demystify some of the myths of psychological criminology and situates the subject within its historical and theoretical foundations, whilst maintaining a contemporary outlook and critical awareness of the field’s advantages and limitations. This second edition includes: • Four new chapters, on ‘Psychological perspectives and their approach to crime’, ‘Mentally disordered offenders’, ‘The Criminal Courts and the role of the Jury’, and ‘Victims, Fear of Crime and Offender Management’. • Improved coverage of the issues around interpersonal violence, sexual violence and deviancy, the psychology of crime in groups, and war crimes. • Increased analysis of psychology and the criminal justice system. Essential reading for students in criminology, sociology and psychology.

Crime in Groups: Explaining Subcultures, Groups and Gangs

Crime in Groups: Explaining Subcultures, Groups and Gangs


This chapter moves the focus from looking at crime as committed by individuals to crime committed in groups. It could be argued that this area is the one that sociological criminology is better able to explain. It is certainly the case that sociological criminology has some very well-known theories such as subcultural theory. However, there are also social psychological theories that have been developed. This chapter, then, represents a theoretical synthesis between sociological and psychological explanations of group criminal behaviour.

Key terms

■ Subculture; Relative Deprivation; Social Identity Theory; Self Categorisation Theory; Ingroup and Outgroup

Tracing the psychological study of crime and disorder in groups

Before we begin to look at some psychological research ...

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