Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Smith
    Pages 1-28
  3. David Smith
    Pages 29-55
  4. David Smith
    Pages 56-74
  5. David Smith
    Pages 92-112
  6. David Smith
    Pages 113-132
  7. David Smith
    Pages 133-150
  8. David Smith
    Pages 151-161
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 162-180

About this book


Criminology for Social Work is the first book to try to make explicit the relevance of criminology for social work practice. Drawing on his experience of teaching social work and probation students, and on his own research, the author provides a critical and up-to-date review of the major strands in criminology theory, and suggests how it can be used by social work practitioners in the criminal justice system. The book argues that, while the links between criminological theory and social work practice are sometimes complex, they are nevertheless real, and that criminological insights and research have the potential to take social work with offenders both more critical and more realistic.

Individual chapters show the influence on social work of such varied topics as control theory, the labelling perspective, local crime prevention projects, feminism, and racism in criminal justice. A major influence on the book is the work of John Braithwaite, whose theory of reintegrative shaming, it is argued, has implications which social workers ought to heed, both for the processes of criminal justice and for efforts to prevent crime. The conclusion suggests links between this and ideas from feminist psychology and philosophy which offer a powerful critique of traditional conception of justice.

This book will prove both useful and challenging to students of social work with offenders and to their teachers. Although offering a guide through the criminological labyrinth, it cannot claim that there are any easy answers to the perennial question: What should we do about crime?


crime criminal justice criminology psychology social work

About the authors

DAVID SMITH is Professor of Social Work at the University of Lancaster, where he has taught and researched since 1976. Previously, he was a probation officer in Hereford and Worcester. He has published on a wide range of topics relevant to crime prevention and to criminal justice policy and practice.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Criminology for Social Work
  • Authors David Smith
  • Series Title Practical Social Work
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1995
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-58750-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-58751-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-23901-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 180
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Social Work
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