Forensic Criminology,
Edition 1
Edited by Wayne Petherick, Brent E. Turvey and Claire E. Ferguson

Publication Date: 17 Aug 2009

Forensic Criminology gives students of criminology and criminal justice an introduction to the forensic realm and the applied forensic issues they will face when working cases within the justice system. It effectively bridges the theoretical world of social criminology with the applied world of the criminal justice system.

While most of the competing textbooks on criminology adequately address the application and the social theory to the criminal justice system, the vast majority do not include casework or real-world issues that criminologists face. This book focuses on navigating casework in forensic contexts by case-working criminologists, rather than broad social theory. It also allows criminology/criminal justice instructors outside of the forensic sciences the ability to develop and instruct a core course that might otherwise be considered beyond their expertise, or in conflict with forensic courses taught in chemistry, biology, or medical programs at their institutions because of its focus on criminology and criminal justice careers.

With its practical approach, this textbook is well-suited for forensic criminology subjects being taught and developed in law, criminology, and criminal justice programs around the world.

Key Features

  • Approaches the study of criminology from an applied standpoint, moving away from the purely theoretical
  • Contains relevant and contemporary case examples to demonstrate the application of forensic criminology
  • Provides an integrated philosophy with respect to criminology, forensic casework, criminal investigations, and the law
  • Useful for students and professionals in the area of criminology, criminal justice, criminal investigation, forensic science, and the law
About the author
Edited by Wayne Petherick, Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; Brent E. Turvey, MS in Forensic Science and a PhD in Criminology; Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and The Forensic Criminology Institute, USA and Claire E. Ferguson, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Book details
ISBN: 9780123750716
Page Count: 624
Retail Price : £84.99

Houck, Fundamentals of Forensic Science, April 2006, $79.95, 9780123567628

Turvey, Criminal Profiling 3e, April 2008, $79.95, 9780123741004

Adler, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System, July 2006, $130, 9780073124476


Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in forensic criminology in both sociology and criminal justice departments. Practicing forensic professionals.