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Print Price: $89.99

Format:
Paperback
304 pp.
8 photos, 19 figures, 5 tables, 6" x 9"

ISBN-13:
9780199039838

Copyright Year:
2022

Imprint: OUP Canada


Crime in Canadian Context

Debates and Controversies, Fifth Edition

William O'Grady

Series : Themes in Canadian Sociology

Taking a concise, critical approach, the fifth edition of Crime in Canadian Context: Debates and Controversies draws on up-to-date statistics and research, controversial issues, and contemporary examples to provide a detailed introduction to crime in Canada. Theoretically comprehensive, this new edition outlines both sociological and non-sociological theories of crime and examines how crime is defined, measured, reported, and controlled in Canada. As a readable, single-authored text, Crime in Canadian Context covers compelling topics - such as hate crimes, police misconduct, violence against women and Indigenous peoples, overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, gangs, corporate crime, and harm reduction initiatives - with a consistent, clear voice. Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter reinforce key concepts, while coverage of current debates and controversies encourage students to consider real-world issues and participate in well-informed discussions. Praised for being a well-researched and accessible guide, Crime in Canadian Context offers a balanced overview of the essential concepts and skills required to excel in the study of crime.

Readership : Crime in Canadian Context is aimed at students taking introductory crime and society courses at the first- and second-year university level, or students enrolled in police foundations programs at the college level. These courses are offered at Canadian universities and colleges nationwide through sociology and criminology departments.

Reviews

  • "Possibly the best Canadian introduction to criminology textbook on the Canadian market."
    -Andreas Tomaszewski, Mount Roya University
  • "It's a great fit for introductory criminology and sociology of crime courses. It is comprehensive, informative, and readable, and students really like it."
    -Rebecca Bird, Marianopolis College

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Crime, Fear, and Risk
Learning Objectives
Introduction
The Objectivist-Legalistic Approach
Criminal Justice in Canada
Crime and Social Reaction
Media Portrayals of Crime in Canada
Crime and Moral Panics
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 2 Measuring Crime
Learning Objectives
Introduction
Official Statistics
Self-Report Surveys
Victimization Surveys
Observational Accounts
Is Crime in Canada on the Rise?
Trends and Correlates of Canadian Homicide
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 3 Non-sociological Explanations of Crime
Learning Objectives
Introduction
The Demonic Era
Magna Carta
The Classical School of Criminology
From Lombrosian Atavism to Modern Biocriminology
The Psychology of Crime
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 4 Classical Sociological Explanations of Crime
Learning Objectives
Introduction
Durkheim
The Chicago School
Crime and Social Disorganization
Strain/Anomie Theory
Control Theory
Differential Association Theory
Labelling Theory
Critical Criminology
Left Realism
Feminism and Criminology
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 5 Recent Sociological Approaches to Crime
Learning Objectives
Introduction
A General Theory of Crime
The Life Course Perspective
General Strain Theory
Rational Choice Theory
Routine Activity Theory
Reducing the Risk: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Risk and Actuarial Criminology
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 6 Crime and Social Exclusion
Learning Objectives
Introduction
Defining Social Exclusion
Homeless Youth
Youth Gangs
Indigenous People in Canada
Hate Crime
Violence against Women
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 7 Crime in the Context of Organizations and Institutions
Learning Objectives
Introduction
White-Collar and Corporate Crime
The Public as Victim
Workers as Victims
Causes of White-Collar Crime
Political Crime
Organized Transnational Crime
Police Misconduct
Crime in Trusted Social Organizations
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 8 Responding to Crime
Learning Objectives
Introduction
Crime, Law, and Order
Policing
Courts and Sentencing
Capital Punishment
Prisons
Youth Justice in Canada
Alternatives to Incarceration
Restorative Justice
Harm Reduction
Conclusion
Critical Thinking Questions
Suggested Readings
Websites and Films
Chapter 9 Summary and Conclusions
Future Directions in Criminology
How Should Crime Be Responded to in Canada?
Glossary
References
Index

Instructor's Manual:
· Updated lecture outlines
· Discussion questions (10 per chapter)
· Annotated suggested readings (5-6 per chapter)
· Annotated media resources (5-6 per chapter)
Student Study Guide:
· Study questions (15 per chapter)
· Annotated further readings (4-5 per chapter)
Test Bank:
· Multiple choice questions (20-25 per chapter)
· True and false questions (15-18 per chapter)
· Short answer questions (10-12 per chapter)
· Essay questions (4-6 per chapter)
Power Point Slides:
· 30-40 slides per chapter
- Visual and graphic features will be included

William O'Grady is a professor and sociology graduate programs coordinator in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph.

Crime and Criminology - Lauren Eisler, Rob White and Fiona Haines
Canadian Criminology - John Winterdyk
Youth Justice - Edited by Jon Winterdyk, Kelly Gorkoff, Daniel Antonowicz and Russell Smandych
Making Sense in the Social Sciences - Margot Northey, Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese
Victimology - Hannah Scott

Special Features

  • Written by a leading Canadian scholar and featuring Canadian statistics, research, and policies, this is the only text of its kind that encourages students to think critically about criminology in a distinctly Canadian context.
  • Concise introduction to the discipline - covers the fundamentals of criminology succinctly and coherently, making it the perfect introduction for students new to the discipline.
  • Detailed coverage of contemporary issues - including hate crimes, police misconduct, violence against women and Indigenous peoples, overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, gangs, corporate crime, and harm reduction initiatives - exposes students to pertinent criminological issues in Canada.
  • Up-to-date research and an exploration of future directions in the field provide students with the very latest treatment of criminology in Canada.
  • Introduces classic and contemporary sociological theories of crime, familiarizing students with the basic traditions and the current state of the study of criminology.
  • Debates and Controversies boxes explore contentious issues in criminology from Canada and around the world.
  • Part of the well-regarded Themes in Canadian Sociology series, known for its clear and concise approach to current research and trends in the discipline.