A team of criminology experts at the University of Chester has edited an academic book on the expanding field of crime victimisation.
A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation has been published recently by Policy Press.
Members of the criminology programme team in the Department of Social and Political Science at the University, Drs Sharon Morley, Jo Turner and Paul Taylor, and Dr Karen Corteen (now at Liverpool John Moores University) have been working with the publishers over the last four years to develop a series of social science texts, bridging important gaps in the various fields.
They have developed a ‘Companion’ series of books in response to the increasing need to reflect on the ways in which the social, historical, legal and political disciplines cross over.
With each Companion designed to provide an introductory, yet critical evaluation of over 100 topic areas each, these texts are an excellent resource for students, researchers, practitioners and academic staff alike.
A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation is the first accessible, succinct text to provide definitions and explanations of key terms and concepts.
Written by a wide range of experts, it includes theories, ideas and case studies relating to victims of conventional crime and victims outside the remit of criminal law.
It encapsulates the domestic and international nature, extent and measurement of victims of crime and harm, together with responses to victims and victimisation as a result of conventional, corporate and state crimes and harms.
As part of the ‘Companion’ series, entries are presented in a user-friendly A to Z format with clear links to related entries and further reading, allowing easy navigation for both students and practitioners. Filling a gap in the market, the book is a quick reference point for undergraduates studying a variety of courses in criminology, criminal justice, victimology and other related disciplines.
Dr Paul Taylor, deputy head of department and also a senior lecturer in criminology, said: “The format of these books, with each topic entry being evaluated in 750 words, offers readers a clear, critical and introductory analysis. From our experience such formats are hugely appealing for those new to the area, as well as it being an ideal source of reference and general interest.
“Our fundamental aim in this series has been to make these topic areas not just engaging, but also importantly accessible for the reader.”
Dr Jo Turner, senior lecturer and programme leader for criminology at the University of Chester, added: “Inside the covers of each Companion, readers are presented with topics that have been expertly written by leaders in their respective fields. Each book, and the Companion series as a whole, offers students, practitioners, academics and policy writers alike a clear route into the myriad of themes associated with particular areas of concern.”
The first volume in the series - A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk – was published in October 2014. The second, A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation, will be followed by two further texts in early 2017 - A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights and A Companion to the History of Crime and Punishment.
Further details about the ‘Companions in Criminology and Criminal Justice’ series can be found at policypress.co.uk/companions-in- criminology-and-criminal-justice
A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation can be ordered at 20% discount from the publisher’s website: policypress.co.uk/a-companion- to-crime-harm-and-victimisation or at 35% discount if people sign up to the mailing list: policypress.co.uk/signup.