At Essex we take the sociological approach to studying crime and deviance to answer questions such as: why are laws made? why are these laws subsequently broken? what can be done about it? why is society fascinated with crime?
One aspect of criminology is to focus on the individual, but here at Essex we take a much broader perspective and research criminology from the social perspective. Our teaching is research based and engaged with the real world.
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Why we are great:
Top 25 for criminology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).
Criminology: A Sociological Introduction - 4th edition By Eamonn Carrabine, Alexandra Cox, Pamela Cox, Isabel Crowhurst, Anna Di Ronco, Pete Fussey, Anna Sergi, Nigel South, Darren Thiel, Jackie Turton
"One of the strengths of this text and what distinguishes it from many market competitors is that the authors are scholars of international distinction who do groundbreaking research and don’t just report on it. They know their field and this allows them to avoid some of tropes and clichés encountered in other textbooks. And if you are looking for an introduction to criminology that avoids a lot of the parochialism of other texts, this is the one to read, with each new edition increasingly global in scale and ambition."
John Scott, Professor, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"Criminology: A Sociological Introduction continues to be one of the most accessible, engaging and stimulating Criminology textbooks on the market. Now in its fourth edition, this book takes students through the most important socio-criminological issues of our time and is a resource that they will return to throughout their degree studies."
Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK
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