American societyâ€™s fascination with crime and the increasing availability of jobs in the criminal justice system have made criminology one of the fastest growing disciplines on college campuses. The dramatically updated third edition of Criminology provides one of the most comprehensive and accessible introductions to that course.Piers Beirne and James Messerschmidtâ€™s unique text has been praised for its comprehensive and in-depth coverage of classical and contemporary criminological theories, coverage of types of crime, inclusion of a comparative perspective, and the accessible writing style. Criminology also offers complete integration of feminist theories incorporating issues related to gender and race wherever applicable while avoiding sexist language. Attention is paid, as well, to issues of animal rights and abuse.These well-respected authors have now revised, streamlined, and updated the book making it invaluable for undergraduate students. Reorganized to reflect the most widely accepted course organization, Criminology, Third Edition has been completely updated to include the most recent uniform crime statistics including the most recent FBI data available. Each chapter concludes with a list of relevant web-sites addresses and descriptions to provide students with additional research resources. New to this edition, as well, is a system of boxed features that provide â€ścloser lookâ€ť examples to illustrate the covered material and provide additional points of interest where appropriate.Criminology is available with an instructor's resource manual.