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Textbook of Criminology Penology and Victimology

Criminology is a subject which addresses students of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the universities, institutes of sociology, criminology, law and social work and the law enforcement officers trained at police, judicial and correctional academies. This book Criminology, Penology and Victimology is meant to cater to the requirements of both students of criminology and the practitioners in law enforcement and correctional services.

With the above objective in view, this book has well knit twenty-six chapters. The Chapter-1 goes on to discuss the history, nature, subject matter, importance and the inter-disciplinary concerns of criminology. Chapters 2 to 6 are devoted to the exclusive discussion of the concept and theories : sociological, psychological, economic and biophysical. The etiology of crime has been succinctly analyzed in Chapter-7. The themes relating to individual deviance and collective deviance have been dealt under Chapter 8 and 9 respectively. Organized crime, white collar crime and recidivism have been discussed in separate Chapters from 10-12. Crime trends pertaining to some old and some new crime problems like gambling, prostitution, drug addiction, alcoholism and cyber crime have been well dealt under Chapters 13 to 18. Concepts of penology, prison system, prison conditions and prison reforms have been covered under Chapters 19-20, Chapters 21 to 23 are devoted towards the discussion of theories of penology pertaining to deterrence, retribution, restoration, reformation, rehabilitation, probation and parole. Chapter-24 discusses the much needed concept of social defense and the approaches to the promotion of social defense. The last two Chapters are devoted to the discussion of often neglected area in the textbooks such as victimology (Chapter-25) and victims of terrorism (Chapter-26).


Contents –

Chapter 1 : Introducing Criminology
Chapter 2 : Modern Concepts
Chapter 3 : Economic Theories
Chapter 4 : Psychological Theories
Chapter 5 : Bio-Physical Theories
Chapter 6 : Sociological Theories
Chapter 7 : Etiology of Crime
Chapter 8 : Individual Deviance: Juvenile Justice
Chapter 9 : Collective Deviance
Chapter 10 : Organized Crime
Chapter 11 : White Collar Crime
Chapter 12 : Recidivism
Chapter 13 : Crime Trends
Chapter 14 : Gambling
Chapter 15 : Drug Addiction
Chapter 16 : Alcoholism
Chapter 17 : Cyber Crime
Chapter 18 : Prostitution
Chapter 19 : Penology: Concepts & Dimensions
Chapter 20 : Prison Condition in India
Chapter 21 : Theories of Penology: Deterrence Theory
Chapter 22 : Theories of Penology: Theories of Retributive & Restorative Justice
Chapter 23 : Theories of Penology: Reformatory & Rehabilitative Theory of Punishment
Chapter 24 : Cocial defence
Chapter 25 : Victimology
Chapter 26 : Victims of Terrorism






Year of publication






Rabindra K. Mohanty,

Satyajit Mohanty


Himalaya pub