Piers Beirne is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.
James W. Messerschmidt is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine.
"It would be hard to find a more thorough and wide-reaching criminology text than this one! From basic chapters defining crime and the criminal justice system to excellent overviews of classical through contemporary theories, this book is an outstanding choice for undergraduates as a comprehensive basic text. Beirne and Messerschmidt are also careful to provide sophisticated analyses of international developments and the relevance of globalization for students interested in crime."--Lynn S. Chancer, Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center
"This book stands head and shoulders above most criminology textbooks because it provides a clearly critical sociological perspective on the problem of crime, while giving a balanced overview of the field in its entirety. It logically organizes appropriate content, and does so through a writing style that is both sophisticated yet accessible to the average student."--Raymond Michalowski, Northern Arizona University