This is a collection of essays which deal with many aspects of British criminology. The nature of British criminology has changed a great deal since the last major review of the history of criminology was published in 1960. Criminology has become a recognized part of the life of universities polytechnics and government departments. The editorial board of "The British Journal of Criminology" commissioned a special issue focusing on the past and present condition of their discipline. Some of the papers in the issue are essays in the history of criminological ideas. Others describe the formation of particular emphases, methods and problems. Others describe major phases in the growth of the discipline. This book first appeared as a specal issue of the British Journal of Criminology and should be of interest to criminologists, students of criminology, historians and sociologists interested in the history of criminology and law students.