This book explores the links between psychology and crime, evaluating psychological explanations of crime, and the use of psychology within the criminal justice system. It provides a comprehensive overview that highlights the consequences of crime for victims, offenders, and wider society.
The book combines classic theory with new developments in eyewitness testimony, offender profiling, and forensic psychology. The resulting text offers an engaging and challenging route to a full understanding of key topics, including:
- The history and theoretical development of criminological psychology
- Interpersonal violence, sexual violence, and deviancy
- The psychology of crime in groups
- Mass murder and war crimes
- Psychology and the criminal justice system
Psychology and Crime genuinely integrates the two subjects with the advanced student in mind, and includes a range of practical devices to support the learning process – such as chapter overviews, study questions, and further reading. Lively and accessible, it is essential reading for students and academics in criminology, psychology, and sociology.
Chapter 1: Psychology, Sociology and Crime: Mapping the Historical Terrain
Psychology, Sociology and Crime: Mapping the Historical Terrain
- The Rise of the Science of Crime and the Challenge of the ‘Risk Society’ 03
- Historical Developments in the Theory of Crime 07
- Pre-Modern Views of Criminology 08
- Crime and Modernity 10
- Late Modern Approaches to the Theory of Crime 20
- Postmodern Approaches to the Theory of Crime 26
- History as Collective Memory 27
- Summary 28
- Study Questions 28
- Further Reading and Useful Websites 29
- Notes 29
The opening chapter sets the study of crime in a historical context, arguing that the psychology of crime ...