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Psychosocial Criminology: An Introduction

by David Gadd and Tony Jefferson SAGE Publications Ltd
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Psychosocial Criminology sheds new light on explanations of crime. It demonstrates how a psychosocial approach can illuminate the causes of particular crimes, challenging readers to re-think the similarities and differences between themselves and those involved in crime.

The book critiques existing psychological and sociological concepts before outlining a more adequate understanding of the criminal offender. It sheds new light on a series of crimes - rape, serial murder, racist violence, 'jack-rolling' (mugging of drunks), domestic violence - and contemporary criminological issues such as fear of crime, cognitive-behavioural interventions and restorative justice.

Why Psychosocial Criminology? Psychology and the Criminological Subject Sociology and the Criminological Subject Towards a Psychosocial Subject the Case of Gender Anxiety, Defensiveness and the Fear of Crime Feminism, Ambivalence and Date Rape Vulnerability, Violence and Serial Murder The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer Understanding the Perpetrators of Racial Harassment Re-reading 'The Jack-Roller' as a Defended Subject Domestic Abuse, Denial and Cognitive Behavioural Interventions Restorative Justice, Reintegrative Shaming and Intersubjectivity

'In this revolutionary new book, Gadd and Jefferson re-discover The Person behind the criminal label and pave the way for the development of a new way of doing and thinking about criminology. Those of us who became criminologists because we care about people and the complex lives they live will find this book a much needed re-affirmation of the possibilities of humanistic research in the discipline. Students (postgraduate and advanced undergrads) will find this a highly accessible, lively and evocative challenge to everything they thought they new about criminology.'

Shadd Maruna, Queen's University, Belfast

'The book is a recommendation for all who are interested in a personality-centred explanation of crime, since it provides essential insight into a deeper understanding of crime' - Helmut Kury
Monatsschrift f++r Kriminologie (Monthly Journal of Criminology)