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This book provides a comprehensive selection of key readings in criminology and criminal justice. It is designed to be used either as a stand alone text, or in conjunction with the author's best-selling textbook, Criminology, following the same structure and chapter headings.Key Readings in Criminology enables students to access a wide range of both classic and contemporary readings, drawn from a variety of sources, countries and contexts. Overall it provides a fascinating collection of original sources illustrating the growth of the discipline and the often strongly contested debates and controversies which characterize the subject.Students will find Key Readings in Criminology invaluable as a source of both 'key' and 'supplementary' reading for lectures, as the basis for organised reading in advance of seminars and tutorials, and as the basis for classroom discussion and analysis as well as providing a broad source of reading for exam revision.Each section of the book contains an introduction to that particular group of readings, written by the editor, explaining their relevance and the context from which they emerged. Each introduction also contains a list of key concepts covered and a range of carefully composed questions for further discussion.