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Routledge Handbook of Crime Science

by Richard Wortley

Part of the Routledge International Handbooks Series

Routledge Handbook of Crime Science Synopsis

Crime science is precisely what it says it is: the application of science to the phenomenon of crime. This handbook, intended as a crime science manifesto, showcases the scope of the crime science field and provides the reader with an understanding of the assumptions, aspirations and methods of crime science, as well as the variety of topics that fall within its purview. Crime science provides a distinctive approach to understanding and dealing with crime: one that is outcome-oriented, evidence-based and that crosses boundaries between disciplines. The central mission of crime science is to find new ways to cut crime and increase security. Beginning by setting out the case for crime science, the editors examine the roots of crime science in environmental criminology and describe its key features. The book is then divided into two sections. The first section comprises chapters by disciplinary specialists about the contributions their sciences can make or have already made to crime science. Chapter 12 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Routledge Handbook of Crime Science Press Reviews

Traditional criminology often eschews the problem of crime, preferring to worry about criminality. This leaves students and practitioners with nowhere to learn the theories and practical techniques to address the crime problems they face. Into this breach steps The Handbook of Crime Science, taking an impressively 'broad spectrum' approach to crime. The editors have done a sterling job of bringing together emergent, exciting scholars to explore the current and future state of crime science. This is a must-have book for crime researchers and practitioners. Jerry Ratcliffe, Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for Security and Crime Science at Temple University, USA Richard Wortley, Aiden Sidebottom, Nick Tilley and Gloria Laycock have produced an outstanding contribution to the study and control of crime. Encompassing numerous disciplines, a wide range of crime forms, and a diversity of research methods the contributors to the comprehensive work show how we can make progress against crime. The Handbook of Crime Science should be read by anyone who is concerned about crime. John Eck, Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, USA The walls around criminology have been breached. Diverse scientists are welcome to enter. Hooray for crime science! Ken Pease, Professor of Policing, Derby University, UK Finally, we have a book that clearly explains the breadth and depth of crime science, philosophically, theoretically and historically positions the discipline, and identifies its role as a unique but interconnected academic enterprise. I highly recommend this book to all practitioners, policy makers, inventors, academics and anyone who has an interest in preventing of crime and increasing security. Anna Stewart, Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia This is not a book about criminology. Its more than that. Criminologists have for decades espoused the value of interdisciplinary approaches and the need for the field to inform and guide the reduction of crime and its pernicious effects on society. But, these pursuits have for the most part been unsuccessful because criminology has mistaken empiricism for science, statistics for solutions, and only paid lip service to interdisciplinarity through the repetitive use of a narrow range of social science theories. In boldly defining and presenting to its readers the notion of crime science the editors and uniquely curated selection of authors herein identify an expansive path forward for the field in a way that may save it from becoming moribund and irrelevant. It unabashedly draws from scientific topics and approaches of the 21st century -- engineering, genetics, architecture, forensics, cybersecurity, etc. -- to establish a truly interdisciplinary identity for criminology that respects its potential to enlighten researchers about the causes of crime while informing and guiding the policy and interventions that will be needed in the years to come. Researchers, students, and practitioners need this book, as does the field itself. Volkan Topalli, Professor, Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology , The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415826266
Publication date: 27th November 2018
Author: Richard Wortley
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 474 pages
Categories: Monetary economics,

About Richard Wortley

Richard Wortley is Director of the Jill Dando Institute and Head of the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Aiden Sidebottom is Associate Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Nick Tilley is Principal Research Associate and Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London. Gloria Laycock is Jill Dando Professor of Crime Science at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

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