Criminology: A Very Short Introduction [#563]
Criminology: A Very Short Introduction [#563]


  • Considers how criminology can be used to measure crime, and evaluate the effectiveness of preventative measures
  • Looks at responses to crime, considering how criminal justice tends to be organised and operate
  • Analyses the factors other than policing, courts, and punishment which contribute to the everyday orderliness of our society
  • Discusses how the study of trends in crime can be used to inform preventative policy and criminal justice.

Crime is big news. From murder to theft to drug gangs, crime and criminal justice affect the lives of millions of people worldwide. Hardly surprisingly, crime has been pushed high up the public policy agenda across the world. But how can we measure crime, or evaluate the effectiveness of preventative measures? Does the threat of prison reduce someone's likelihood of reoffending, or would rehabilitation be more constructive?

In this Very Short Introduction Tim Newburn considers how we can study trends in crime, and use them to inform preventative policy and criminal justice. Analysing the history of the subject, he reflects on our understanding of crime and responses to crime in earlier historical periods. Considering trends in crime in the developed world, Newburn discusses its causes, exploring the relationship between drugs and crime, analysing what we know about why people stop offending, and looking at both formal and informal responses to crime. Newburn concludes by discussing what role criminology can plausibly be anticipated to have in crime control and politics, and what its limits are. 


1: Introducing criminology
2: What is crime?
3: Who commits crime?
4: How do we measure crime?
5: Understanding recent trends in crime
6: Understanding the crime drop
7: How do we control crime?
8: How do we prevent crime?
9: Where next for criminology?
Sources and Further Reading


Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Tim Newburn is Professor of Social Policy and Criminology at the London School of Economics. He is a former President of the British Society of Criminology (2005- 08) and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences in 2005. In 2009, together with two colleagues, he was appointed Official Historian on Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Home Office's Scientific Advisory Committee and numerous other advisory bodies. He is the founding editor of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice and is the author or editor of 35 books, including the leading undergraduate textbook in the field: Criminology (Willan Publishing, 2007).

"What is crime? Who is a criminal? These are big questions, tackled adroitly and insightfully in this short but weighty book." - Shadd Maruna, Co-Editor, Oxford Handbook of Criminology

"Tim Newburn presents the fundamental concepts, concerns, and findings of criminology with a clarity and wit that make it fully accessible to the beginner without ever sacrificing the depth and originality needed to hold the attention of the expert. This is a wonderfully concise and engaging book!" - David Garland, Professor of Law and Sociology, New York University


ISBN : 9780199643257

Tim Newburn
168 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Criminology: A Very Short Introduction [#563]

Criminology: A Very Short Introduction [#563]

Criminology: A Very Short Introduction [#563]