If you’ve been following the saga of the crime resources put together by the University of Portsmouth you’ll know that when I first started posting these I had to link directly to each page in a set of resources because the menu that bound everything neatly together was “missing” (in the sense that “I couldn’t initially work out where it was hiding” rather than the sense of it having disappeared, never to be seen again). This, as you’ve probably discovered, was a bit of a pain.

• For those of a non-technical disposition, or who couldn’t care less about such things, skip the next paragraph.

• For those of a technical disposition, the site used a Frames set-up where a menu in one window used javascript to change the appearance of a second, related, window. Because each window has its own unique Url, this meant it was possible to address each page individually outside of the menu system. What should have been coded into the pages was an instruction that if the frameset was “broken” (i.e. an individual window within the frameset was directly addressed) this page should have been forced back into the original frameset. For some reason, the pages weren’t coded this way, hence the problems I encountered.

Since I knew there must be a menu system somewhere it was just a matter of being able to find it and, after a bit of detective work, I did – at least for some of the individual chapters. I’m still convinced that “somewhere” there is a main menu that details all the materials in the complete resource and that, if I could find it, it would just mean posting a single link. However, since I haven’t found it I can’t, so if you want to review the following crime resources you’ll have to use the individual links.

This is not as bad as it might sound, however, because each of the following categories includes a number of pages that a-level students should find useful. Although the resources don’t seem to have been designed for a-level, per se, they seem broadly fine for a-level sociology students.

You may find some duplication with these resources and some of the other resources in this series that I’ve posted.

This mean I either thought it might be useful to have all the related material in one place or I can’t remember what I’ve previously posted and can’t be bothered to check.

How you interpret this probably says a lot more about you than it does about me…

What is Crime?
• The Extent of Crime
• Measuring Crime
• The Cost of Crime
• The Impact of Crime
• Fear of Crime

Non-Sociological Theories
• Biological Explanations
• Psychological Explanations
• Psychoanalysis
• Social Learning Theory

Social Theories of Crime
• Individualistic Theories
• Social Theories
• Strain Theory
• Labelling Theory
• Control theory

Organised Crime
• History
• Models
• Organised Crime in the UK
• New Organised Crime?
• Policing Organised Crime

• Matza
• Sutherland
• Labelling theory

Subcultural Theories
• Cohen’s Subcultural Theory
• Matza – Delinquency and ‘Drift’
• Cloward and Ohlin – Delinquency and Opportunity
• Miller – Delinquency and ‘Lower Class Culture’
• Delinquency and British ‘Lower Class Culture’

Anomie and Strain
• Functionalism and Social Facts
• Durkheim and Anomie
• Strain Theory

Radical Criminology
• Principles
• New Criminology
• Critical Criminology

Right Wing Criminology
• New Right, Conservative, Criminology
• Crime rates
• Solutions to crime
• Police and Policing
• Punishment

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