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Routledge Handbook of Crime Science

Edited by: Richard Wortley , Aiden Sidebottom , Nick Tilley , Gloria Laycock

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415826266
eBook ISBN: 9780203431405
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203431405
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Book description

Crime science is precisely what it says it is: the application of science to the phenomenon of crime. This handbook, intended as a crime science manifesto, showcases the scope of the crime science field and provides the reader with an understanding of the assumptions, aspirations and methods of crime science, as well as the variety of topics that fall within its purview. Crime science provides a distinctive approach to understanding and dealing with crime: one that is outcome-oriented, evidence-based and that crosses boundaries between disciplines. The central mission of crime science is to find new ways to cut crime and increase security.

Beginning by setting out the case for crime science, the editors examine the roots of crime science in environmental criminology and describe its key features. The book is then divided into two sections. The first section comprises chapters by disciplinary specialists about the contributions their sciences can make or have already made to crime science. The second section of the book comprises a series of exemplary case studies in crime science, showing a wide range of the kind of work that crime scientists do. The editors conclude by drawing on the preceding contributions, as well as germane areas of research, to offer a thoughtful consideration of future directions for crime science.

This book is essential reading for social scientists and scientists alike and marks a new phase in the study of crime and its detection and prevention.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  What is crime science? Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Evolutionary psychology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Genetics Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Sociology Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Psychology Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Economics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Epidemiology Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Mathematics Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Geography Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Architecture Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Engineering Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Computer science Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Forensic science Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Social network analysis Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Analysis and prevention of organised crime Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Terrorists are just another type of criminal Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Evolution, crime science and terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Fighting cybercrime once it switches from the online world to the real world Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The limits of anonymity in Bitcoin Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Crime in the age of the Internet of Things Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Transdisciplinary research in virtual space Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Those who do big bad things still do little bad things Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Agent-based decision-support systems for crime scientists Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Economic efficiency and the detection of crime Download PDF
Chapter  25:  No need for X-ray specs Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Electronic noses Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Understanding forensic trace evidence Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Interpretation of forensic science evidence at every step of the forensic science process Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Better preparation for the future – don’t leave it to chance Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Future crime Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Future directions for crime science Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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