‘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.

The Futures of Criminological Psychology

The Futures of Criminological Psychology


The chapter will situate the psychology of crime within a broader understanding of developments in criminal justice and social theory in the last three decades in developed countries. The chapter will draw on the concepts of governmentality and risk to outline an argument that places psychology amongst a number of disciplines that some social theorists argue form a system of control and governance. This critical approach will be contrasted with attempts to synthesise psychology and sociology in order to overcome the problems with each subject and so create a more robust approach to the study of crime that is able to account for both the social, individual and political elements of what is a very ...

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