Author: James Treadwell
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 2 edition (December 26, 2012)
When I first encountered criminology, I was keen to know more about what the subject involved. My introduction to criminology came in the form of a fairly complicated textbook that had been recommended by a tutor, which I purchased before the first term of my degree. As I tried to comprehend what was contained within its pages, I found myself gripped by a strange feeling of dread. I had never counted myself amongst the most successful or gifted students, and can acknowledge now, with perhaps less shame or guilt than I felt then, that I struggled to understand the subject.
I can empathise with the difficulties that those new to this subject can encounter. Criminology can be a complicated subject, and it is not made any more simple by the complex terminology that is used in the subject, the variety and size of the subject area.
This book was first written as an attempt to help those looking for a simple overview that will help them to get familiar with the discipline. It was originally published as a course companion for Sage, and I was really pleased that a number of students and academics told me that it had proved useful in making the subject slightly easier to navigate. In this expanded and substantially revised edition I have sought to stay true to the original aim of making complicated concepts understandable, and if it manages that it will hopefully be of some use.
I have, however, received feedback about omissions from the previous attempt, and so have included new sections and expanded parts of the text. The aim of this text remains the same: to assist those new to the discipline who are unsure of the subject and who are looking to understand the basics of criminology get to grips with some of the core issues – the ‘essential’ basics of the subject.