Edited and introduced by leading experts in the field, Routledge’s Major Works collections are designed to meet today’s research, reference, and teaching needs. The Critical Concepts in Criminology series includes a number of titles within the subject area of Crime and Criminal Justice. An area of interest with a fast expanding body of literature, titles within this series provide an authoritative look at some of the key areas of interest within Criminology.
Madness and Crime
Theoretical Criminology (4-vol. set)
August 10, 2017
Cultural Criminology is a theoretical, methodological, and interventionist approach to the study of crime and deviance that places criminality and its control in the context of culture; that is, it views crime and the agencies and institutions of crime control as cultural products—as creative...
February 24, 2017
In the United Kingdom, an official definition of hate crime is ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic’, but this critical criminological concept is increasingly...
November 24, 2016
Madness raises intriguing—and complex—criminological questions, not least the famous trio of ‘triability, responsibility, and punishability’. Furthermore, law-enforcement agencies frequently face a choice between invoking the criminal law or using mental-health remedies. And if and when sentences...
November 18, 2016
Serious research into the problematic and distressing concept of human trafficking continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Now, to make some sense of the wide range...
March 21, 2016
Described by the learned editor of this new Routledge collection as ‘both a subfield and a fundamental approach to criminological inquiry’, theoretical criminology is concerned with debates about foundational analytical concepts: what is crime? What is punishment? It also seeks to explain outcomes:...
November 03, 2015
A new title from Routledge, Crime II is an essential successor to the editor’s earlier collection, published to acclaim in 2002. Bean’s Crime (978-0-415-25264-5) (2002) was the first comprehensive anthology of the field’s canonical and cutting-edge research, and this new four-volume assembly of...
Matt DeLisi, Michael G. Vaughn
July 29, 2015
Biosocial criminologists seek to explain crime (and related anti-social behaviour) by exploring both biological and environmental factors. Combining perspectives from mainstream Criminology and Sociology, with contributions from those working in disciplines such as Genetics, Neuropsychology, and...
Richard Jones, Richard Sparks
June 01, 2015
A thorny question faced by all civilized societies is what to do when people commit crime, and, in particular, how criminals are to be punished. Yet the nature of punishment, its justifications, aims, and effects has varied markedly throughout history and across—and within—cultures. These matters...
March 05, 2015
A variety of crime phenomena—including, but by no means limited to, white-collar crime and corruption, environmental crime, and ‘traditional’ organized crime—vie for the attention of international policymakers and researchers. Crime-control responses differ across the globe and the editor of this...
William Chambliss, Chris Moloney
September 15, 2014
In modern times, the most egregious crimes are undoubtedly those committed, incited, or condoned by states (as well as by de facto authorities exerting political and military control over a substantial territory, such as FARC in Colombia). Indeed, both within and without the academy, there is a...
June 30, 2014
Serious research into the problematic and contested relationship between notions of race and crime continues to blossom. Indeed, the work of scholars in this cross-disciplinary field supports numerous international journals, regional organizations, and global conferences. Now, to make some sense of...
June 27, 2014
Green Criminology embraces a wide and rapidly growing network of researchers and scholars around the world who are actively engaged in the study of environmental crime and ecological justice. Transgressions against humans, eco-systems, and animals constitute the main focus of Green Criminology and...