This book brings together a series of writings on the problems facing contemporary criminology, highlighting the main theoretical priorities of critical analysis and their application to substantive case studies of research in action. Its main aim is to establish the conceptual and practical foundations for a new generation of studies in criminology, and to set a new agenda for critical criminology. Each chapter will critically assess the main conceptual and empirical problems they have encountered in their research, and to bring to life the key theoretical debates within the discipline. This book will be essential reading for students seeking an understanding of the nature of the discipline of criminology and criminological research.
1. Introduction: developing criminological imagination, Alana Barton, Karen Corteen, David Scott and Dave Whyte 2. Critical criminology and the intensification of the authoritarian state, Reece Walters 3. Confronting the 'hegemony of vision': state, space and urban crime prevention, Roy Coleman 4. The 'worse' of two evils? Double murder trials and gender in England and Wales 1900-1953, Anette Ballinger 5. 'Talking about resistance': women political prisoners and the dynamics of prison conflict, Northern Ireland, Mary Corcoran 6. Changing focus: 'drug-related crime' and the criminological imagination, Margaret Malloch 7. Taking crime seriously? Disaster, justice and impunity, Howard Davis 8. Towards a criminology for human rights, Elizabeth Stanley 9. Conclusion: expanding the imagination - moving beyond criminology? Alana Barton, Karen Corteen, David Scott and Dave Whyte