1st Edition

Criminology, Crime and Justice in Ireland An Introduction

    290 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    290 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book offers an accessible and comprehensive introduction to criminology in Ireland. Logically structured and clearly written, this book explores theory and empirical research through real-life examples from an Irish context. Engaging and challenging, this book encourages critical thinking about, and understanding of, crime and crime control in Ireland, North and South.

    The book covers the canon of criminological theory, from classical and psychological approaches right through to the contemporary. It offers an overview of the Irish criminal justice system, including the police, prisons and alternatives to punishment. It covers key criminological themes such as victims and victimology, gender, the drug trade and its regulation, terrorism and political violence, and desistance and the life course. Key features include:

    • Critical assessment of key criminological theories, which are later woven into discussions of key thematic areas
    • Case studies of historical and contemporary Irish events, including the Magdalene Laundries, gangland feuds and the decriminalisation of drugs
    • Extensive reading lists of key academic texts and relevant Irish literature, movies, music and art

    This book is the only comprehensive criminology textbook specifically designed for the Irish undergraduate curriculum. It is essential reading for all criminology students in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and will also be of interest to postgraduates and academics looking for an overview of Irish Criminology.

    1.Introduction  2.A Brief History of Criminology  Part 1: The Criminal Justice System  3.The Irish Criminal Justice System  4.Policing in a Modern Society  5.Prisons  Part 2: Criminological Theory  6.Early Classical and Positivist Criminology  7.Psychological Criminology  8.The Chicago School  9.Anomie and Strain Theories  10.US Subcultural Theories  11.British Subcultural Theories  12.Labelling and Symbolic Interactionism  13.Control Theories  14.Rational Choice, Routine Activity and Situational Crime Prevention  15.Left Realism  16.Right Realism and the Underclass  17.Foucault: Punishment and Governmentality  18.Cultural criminology  Part 3: Thematic Areas  19.Gender and Feminist Criminology  20.Victims and Victimology  21.Desistence from Crime  22.The Regulation and Trade of Illicit Drugs  23.Terrorism and Political Violence


    James Windle is a Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the BA Criminology Programme at University College Cork, Ireland.

    Orla Lynch is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Associate Dean of Graduates Studies and Programme Director of the PG Dip in Trauma Studies at University College Cork, Ireland.

    Kevin Sweeney is a Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the MA Criminology Programme at University College Cork, Ireland.

    Maggie O’Neill is a Professor of Criminology and Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at University College Cork, Ireland.

    Fiona Donson is a Senior Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork, Ireland.

    James Cuffe is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Criminology at University College Cork, Ireland.

    At last, a textbook that applies criminological theory to crime and social harm in Ireland. From the Mertonian 'Irish Dream' to the Dublin, Cork or Limerick ‘hard man’, this accessible text is packed full of practical examples and critical thinking exercises. Essential reading for all Irish criminology students.

    Professor Claire Hamilton, Maynooth University 

    The best sign that Irish criminology has truly come of age is that our first-ever criminology textbook is of such remarkably high quality. Packed with insight and evidence, this is a perfect introduction to the discipline – wherever one lives in the world.  

    Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast 

    Criminology in Ireland has been something of a late bloomer. But as this wide-ranging and stimulating text shows, it is now a mature and vibrant discipline, poised to engage critically with a range of theoretical perspectives and to influence the worlds of policy and practice. Exciting times ahead!  

    Professor Ian O’Donnell, University College Dublin 

    This book represents an important contribution to the development of criminology in Ireland. It provides an accessible overview of key criminological theories and considers their applicability to the Irish context.  Readers will find a rich resource in this key text.

    Professor Nicola Carr, University of Nottingham