1st Edition

Digital Criminology Crime and Justice in Digital Society

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    The infusion of digital technology into contemporary society has had significant effects for everyday life and for everyday crimes. Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society is the first interdisciplinary scholarly investigation extending beyond traditional topics of cybercrime, policing and the law to consider the implications of digital society for public engagement with crime and justice movements. This book seeks to connect the disparate fields of criminology, sociology, legal studies, politics, media and cultural studies in the study of crime and justice. Drawing together intersecting conceptual frameworks, Digital Criminology examines conceptual, legal, political and cultural framings of crime, formal justice responses and informal citizen-led justice movements in our increasingly connected global and digital society.

    Building on case study examples from across Australia, Canada, Europe, China, the UK and the United States, Digital Criminology explores key questions including: What are the implications of an increasingly digital society for crime and justice? What effects will emergent technologies have for how we respond to crime and participate in crime debates? What will be the foundational shifts in criminological research and frameworks for understanding crime and justice in this technologically mediated context? What does it mean to be a ‘just’ digital citizen? How will digital communications and social networks enable new forms of justice and justice movements? Ultimately, the book advances the case for an emerging digital criminology: extending the practical and conceptual analyses of ‘cyber’ or ‘e’ crime beyond a focus foremost on the novelty, pathology and illegality of technology-enabled crimes, to understandings of online crime as inherently social.

    Twitter: @DigiCrimRMIT ‏


    Chapter 1 - Introduction: Criminology and the Digital Society

    Chapter 2 - At the Crossroad: Cyber, Critical and Cultural Criminologies

    Chapter 3 - A Global Context: Networks, Corporations and States

    Chapter 4 - Crime in Real Time: Immediacy, Immersion and Engagement

    Chapter 5 - Liminal Images: Criminality, Victimisation and Voyeurism

    Chapter 6 - Networked Hate: Racism, Misogyny and Violence

    Chapter 7 - Informal Justice: Digilantism, Victim Participation and Recognition

    Chapter 8 - More than a Hashtag: Crime and Social Justice Activism

    Chapter 9 - Conclusion: Crime and Justice in Digital Society


    Anastasia Powell is Associate Professor in Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT University. Anastasia’s research examines the intersections of gender, violence, justice, technology and digital culture. Her previous co-authored and solo-authored books include: Sexual Violence in a Digital Age (2017) and Sex, Power and Consent: Youth Culture and the Unwritten Rules (2010), as well as the co-edited books Rape Justice: Beyond the Criminal Law (2015) and Preventing Sexual Violence (2014).

    Gregory Stratton is Lecturer in Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT University. Gregory also manages the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT, a collaboration between academics, university students and lawyers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction. His research examines wrongful conviction, state crime, media and crime, and identity in the digital age.

    Robin Cameron is Lecturer in Criminology and Justice Studies at RMIT University. Robin is also the manager of the Bachelor of Criminal Justice at RMIT. Robin’s research focuses on security through an examination of gender, race and violence in urban and online spaces. His books include: Subjects of Security: Domestic Effects of Foreign Policy in the War on Terror (2013) and the co-edited book Human Security and Natural Disasters (2014).

    "Digital Criminology pushes the boundaries past conventional cybercrime studies by casting its gaze towards the profound transformation of social relations in a ‘digital society’. It develops a new programme for criminological inquiry, one that appreciates how the landscapes of crime, justice, and social conflict are being reshaped. Original, ambitious, and challenging – this is an important and timely book."Majid Yar, Professor of Criminology, Lancaster University

    "Digital Criminology provides a bold, critical framework to challenge the existing paradigms of criminological inquiry. The authors reconceptualize the issues in light of the state of the Internet and technology use in the 21st century and propose a new way to view technological deviance that must be read by scholars and practitioners alike."Thomas J. Holt, Michigan State University

    "This volume serves as a foundational primer for a truly technosocial criminology, one that moves beyond narrow conventions of cybercrime and more fully engages the emergent harms, inequalities, justice, and activism that make up global digital societies. Digital Criminology is an interdisciplinary feat – a must-read for anyone who seeks to do work on media and crime in the contemporary moment." – Michelle Brown, University of Tennessee