Now in its fourth edition, The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology has established itself as an authoritative reference text for the key concepts, theories, and methods in criminology and criminal justice.
Edited by two leading figures in the field of criminology, the book includes over 325 entries from 120 academics and practitioners, with up to 30 new terms, covering topics such as big data, cyber security, wildlife crime, crimmigration, penal populism, and serial homicide, as well as general updates including more recent key readings, and a further emphasis on contributions from international academics.
All concepts are precisely defined, followed by a section outlining the concept’s origins, development and general significance, a list of associated concepts, and finally, further reading suggestions to help extend students' knowledge. A new section 'Evaluation' has also been included for concepts considered to have the greatest theoretical weight, allowing for a critical assessment of how the concept can be debated, challenged and reworked.
An essential reference tool for students and academics within criminology, criminal justice and legal studies.