Author: James Treadwell

Pub Date: December 2012

Pages: 232

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About the Book

Criminology: The Essentials (Second Edition) by James Treadwell

This is an essential introduction to undergraduate studies in criminology. Short, clear and concise, it provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes covered on your criminology course.

The second edition provides:

  • Summaries of key course content, including new sections on race and ethnicity, cybercrime, ordinary crime, state crime, global and comparative criminology, green criminology and zemiology
  • A helpful study skills section with extensive advice on how to write essays and pass exams, including new sections on how to avoid plagiarism and how to find, read and use journal articles
  • Recent international case studies drawn from the United Kingdom, Australia, Africa and the United States

Criminology: The Essentials is an indispensable learning tool. As well as mapping out course content in a coherent and engaging way, it offers helpful hints and tips for getting the most out of your studies.


Criminology recruits undergraduate students from all sorts of backgrounds. As they enter their first year they confront a dauntingly complex and diverse discipline. Therefore, a no-nonsense basic primer is an essential survival tool. For me, Treadwell’s book, which covers everything from underlying philosophical principles to exam tips, is the most comprehensive and accessible basic primer on the market.
Steve Hall, Professor of Criminology, Teesside University

The second edition of Criminology: The Essentials is just what it promises – a no-nonsense, straightforward and immensely engaging guide to the fundamental issues and concerns facing criminologists today.  James Treadwell’s enthusiasm and knowledge shine through every page and this lively little volume will prove an indispensable introduction for countless students of criminology at schools, colleges and universities.
Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester

A welcome update of an extremely useful text for undergraduate students in criminology.
Susie Atherton, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

This book is an excellent springboard into the world of criminology and academic study. It has been on the essential reading list for all my 1st year criminology undergraduate students since it was published, and this revised and expanded 2nd edition brings a welcome update, including useful new sections on race and hate crime and cybercrime. The book is a truly student-friendly introduction for those new to the subject area. Not only does it provide an understandable overview of key criminological concepts and core issues, but crucially it links these to the achievement of degree-level learning and assessment, through facilitating critical thinking and clearly explaining how to best develop university study skills.
 Dr Kate Williams, University of Wolverhampton

About the author

Dr James Treadwell is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Birmingham. He completed two undergraduate degrees (one in Criminal Justice and one in Community Justice) and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma, MA and PhD in Criminology. His PhD work was based upon ethnographic research and he is interested in all aspects of criminal conduct and has written about football violence, professional internet crime, hate crime, drugs and alcohol and crime and the English urban riots in 2011. He was involved in prison interviewing speaking to ex-military service personnel in prison as part of the Howard League’s commission into Ex-Military personnel in prison, and has published in the British Journal of Criminology, Criminology and Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Matters, and regularly provides comment to local and national media on crime related matters. He continues to undertake qualitative work with individuals who are actively involved in offending, and most of his work involves themes of masculinity; professional crime; crime in the night-time economy; violent and alcohol-related crime; football violence; organised crime; youth crime, and criminological theory.