To Be Published September 16th 2013 by Routledge – 118 pages
Rural crime is a fast growing area of interest among scholars in criminology. From studies of agricultural crime in Australia, to violence against women in Appalachia America, to poaching in Uganda, to land theft in Brazil -- the criminology community has come to recognize that crime manifests itself in rural localities in ways that both conform to and challenge conventional theory and research. For the first time, Rural Criminology brings together contemporary research and conceptual considerations to synthesize rural crime studies from a critical perspective.
This book dispels four rural crime myths, challenging conventional criminological theories about crime in general. It also examines both the historical development of rural crime scholarship, recent research and conceptual developments. The third chapter recreates the critical in the rural criminology literature through discussions of three important topics: community characteristics and rural crime, drug use, production and trafficking in the rural context, and agricultural crime.
Never before has rural crime been examined comprehensively, using any kind of theoretical approach, whether critical or otherwise. Rural Criminology does both, pulling together in one short volume the diverse array of empirical research under the theoretical umbrella of a critical perspective. This book will be of interest to those studying or researching in the fields of rural crime, critical criminology and sociology.
"Rural Criminology explodes myths, addresses a much neglected topic, and offers a thorough theoretical renovation of disciplines of criminology and sociology."
Kerry Carrington, Queensland University of Technology
"Rural crime must be one of the most neglected issues in criminology. The built-in urban bias of so much criminology not only steers criminologists away from potentially fertile empirical research, but has also had distorting effects on theory. This book, authored by leading international scholars in the field, promises to change that. It will help put rural criminology on the map at last."
Russell Hogg, University of New England
1. Rural crime: myths and realities, 2. Thinking critically about rural crime, 3. Creating the critical in Rural Criminology, 4. Looking forward and glancing back: research, policy and practice.
Walter S. DeKeseredy is Professor of Criminology, Justice and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He has published 18 books and over 140 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Joseph F. Donnermeyer is Professor at Ohio State University and Director and International Research Coordinator of the Centre for Rural Crime. Dr. Donnermeyer has conducted research on levels of victimization and attitudes toward crime among rural people, the extent and pattern of offending by rural populations, especially youth, and crime against agricultural operations. He is the author (co-author) of over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books on issues related to rural crime and rural societies.