Textbook Review: Criminology and context (2nd ed)(Tierney, 2006)
Tierney’s (2006), Criminology: Theory and context (2nd ed.), provides a clear historical introduction to the field of criminology. His text combines an engaging style with a rich analysis of the discipline to enhance student understanding of this diverse and sometimes controversial field. Tierney provides insight into the development of the science, including its theories and models drawing on socio-cultural values. Ultimately, Tierney focuses on how to define crime and criminology in the current time, to engage students in the discourse as to what the field should focus itself on.
Tierney begins with a dissection of decisions and judgments that are based on common- sense. This is appropriate given that many undergraduate students have not been exposed to systematic analysis of the concepts and beliefs that guide much of their public lives. As such, early stage learners are at a stage of learning that is not self-reflective and tends to make generalised judgments about the society and world that they live.
For example, stereotyping, biased ways of thinking and adhering to ‘common-sense’ principles. It is of benefit to the student new to criminology to review of the concept of common sense, as it leads to learning strategies of critical analysis and self reflection. He earmarks the anthropologist Kroeber (1952) who determined that superstitions common within a social group are likely to become common beliefs guiding