Doing Time
Roger Matthews - Realist Criminology

The new edition of Doing Time brings this widely recognized book up-to-date and provides an accessible and informed discussion of current debates around prisons and penal policy. Drawing on a range of international material the book provides a critical sociological analysis of developments in imprisonment.

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Realist Criminology
Roger Matthews - Realist Criminology

This book challenges contemporary criminological thinking, providing a thorough critique of mainstream criminology, including both liberal criminology and administrative criminology. It sets a new agenda for theoretical and practical engagement, and for creating a more effective and just criminal justice system.

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Roger Matthews is Professor of Criminology and Director of Studies for the MA in Criminology at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

Main research interests centre around issues of crime and punishment, with a particular focus on crime prevention and community safety, prostitution and sex trafficking, prisons and penal policy.


Roger Matthews began his academic career was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex University between 1977 and 1990. He joined the University of Leicester as a Senior Lecturer from 1990 to 1993. From there he became a Reader and Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University between 1993 and 2004. Before joining SSPSSR, he was a Professor of Criminology at London South Bank University from 2004 to 2011.


He completed a PhD at the University of Essex and a MA in Sociology/Criminology at the University of Sussex and a BA (Hons) in Social Science at Middlesex University.