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The Criminal Event: An Introduction to Criminology in Canada, 5th Edition

By Vincent F. Sacco, Leslie W. Kennedy
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528 pages
ISBN-10: 0176502270
ISBN-13: 9780176502270
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 5th

In The Criminal Event: An Introduction to Criminology in Canada, Fifth Edition, students are introduced to a complete and compelling discussion of what motivates people to commit crimes, who suffers and how, and what we should do about the problem of crime. The authors take the conventional topics such as definitions of crime, theories, research methods and societal reaction and integrate them under a central theme - the criminal event itself. This new edition includes updated and new material on the history of criminology in Canada, and new discussions on modern criminal cases and issues.


  • *NEW* Expanded discussion on feminism
  • *NEW* Neutralization theory is discussed with reference to illegal music downloading
  • *NEW* Discussions on recent research developments regarding social control theory
  • *NEW* Modern topics such as Ponzi schemes, video games and crime, the Jordan Manners case, crime profiling, crime risk among clergy, and cyberbullying have been incorporated
  • Two-colour, illustrative format
  • Updated statistics, examples, and recommended readings
  • Relationships involving crime, race, and ethnicity are included

Table of Contents

  • Part One: Foundations
  • Chapter 1: What is Criminology? Defining and Constructing the Problem of Crime
  • Chapter 2: The Criminal Event
  • Chapter 3: Researching Criminal Events
  • Part Two: Theories of Crime
  • Chapter 4: Psychosocial Conditions and Criminal Motivations
  • Chapter 5: Offending, Social Control, and the Law
  • Chapter 6: Opportunities, Lifestyles, and Situations
  • Chapter 7: Crime?s Aftermath: The Consequences of Criminal Events
  • Part Three: Domains of Crime
  • Chapter 8: Crime and the Family and Household
  • Chapter 9: Crime and Leisure
  • Chapter 10: Crime and Work
  • Part Four: Responses to Crime
  • Chapter 11: Summary and Review of Public Policy Responses to Crime

Author Information

Simon Verdun-Jones

Dr. Verdun-Jones is Emeritus Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.  He recently retired as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Ju...