Criminality has accompanied social life from the outset. It has appeared at every stage of the development of every community, regardless of organisation, form of government or period in history. This work presents the views of criminologists from Central Europe on the phenomenon of criminality as a component of social and political reality. Despite the far advanced homogenisation of culture and the coming together of the countries that make up the European Union, criminality is not easily captured by statistics and simple comparisons. There can be huge variation not only on crime reporting systems and information on convicts but also on definitions of the same crimes and their formulations in the criminal codes of the individual European countries. This book fills a gap in the English-language criminological literature on the causes and determinants of criminality in Central Europe. Poland, as the largest country in the region, whose political post-war path has been similar to the other countries in this part of Europe, is subject to an exhaustive and original look at criminality as part of the political and social reality. The authors offer a contribution to the debate in the social and criminal policy of the state over the problems of criminality and how to control it.
Konrad Buczkowski is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology of Institute of Law Studies in the Polish Academy of Sciences and in the Department of Criminal Law of Institute of Justice, Ministry of Justice of Republic of Poland. His main subjects of professional interest are: economic crime, insurance fraud, money laundering, white-collar crime and cybercrime. He is a member of the European Society of Criminology and the Polish Society of Criminology. Beata Czarnecka-Dzialuk is Assistant Professor at the Department of Criminology, Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, and at the Institute of Justice. Beata specialises in the problems of reacting to juvenile criminality and introducing restorative justice into the justice system, especially mediation in criminal and juvenile cases. Beata is a member of the Social Council for Alternative Methods of Solving Conflicts and Disputes at the Minister of Justice, the European Society of Criminology, the Polish Society of Criminology, and the Board of the European Forum for Restorative Justice. Witold Klaus is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies in the Polish Academy of Sciences. His main subjects of professional interest are: migration and crime, hate crimes, victimization, relations between poverty and crime and juvenile delinquency. He is also interested in migration law, discrimination based on ethnicity, and migrants’ integration in Poland. Witold Klaus is an executive director in the oldest Polish criminological journal - ’Archives of Criminology’, the Secretary of the Board in the Polish Society of Criminology, and the President of the Association for Legal Intervention. He is a member of the European Society of Criminology and the Polish Society of Criminology. Anna Kossowska is Professor at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a Sociologist and Criminologist, and Head of the Department of Criminology at the Institute of Law Studies, Pol
"This volume presents the views of criminologists from central Europe on the phenomenon of criminality as a component of social and political reality. A major focus is on variation in crime-reporting systems, definitions of crimes, and formulations in the criminal codes of the individual European countries."
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