By Tim Heaton, Tony Lawson
This article deals a based and balanced survey of advancements within the sociology of crime and deviance. It integrates research of key stories and theoretical debates with quite a few actions designed to aid scholars boost their sociological figuring out and abilities. suggestion is additionally given on easy methods to process exam questions.
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Crime and Deviance by Tim Heaton, Tony Lawson