1st Edition

International Handbook of Criminology

Edited By Shlomo Giora Shoham, Paul Knepper, Martin Kett Copyright 2010
    726 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    A substantive guide to state of the art research and theory, the International Handbook of Criminology completes an esteemed trilogy of comparative analyses and insight from worldwide experts. Exploring a phenomenon that penetrates cultures of all racial, ethnic, and social classes, this volume continues in the tradition of its predecessors in the series by updating research on longstanding issues and offering perspectives into new problems and trends.

    Topics in this volume include:

  • the etiology of crime
  • historical antecedents of contemporary responses to crime
  • life course criminology
  • the basis for comparative research in criminal justice
  • sources and strategies for knowledge acquisition in criminology
  • specific forms of crime and criminal behavior, including environmental, sex-related, and financial
  • responses to crime, including technological, societal, and policy-related
  • crime issues related to social divisions.
  • Assembling the works of leading criminologists in Europe, the Americas, the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and Australasia, this volume reflects the need for a re-evaluation of the field of criminology in response to the changing theoretical framework that has occurred in recent years. In doing so, it further elevates the level of discourse and sets the stage for innovative research projects and solutions.

    Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Victimology and the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.

    Theoretical and Historical Frameworks

    Crime Science; K. Pease

    Born for Evil? Biological Theories of Crime in Historical Perspective; N. Davie

    Life Course Criminology; A. A. J. Blokland and P. Nieuwbeerta

    Making Sense of Criminal Justice; D. Nelken

    Methods of Inquiry

    The Politics of Numbers: Crime Statistics as a Source of Knowledge and a Tool of Governance; H. M. Lomell

    The Subculture Concept: A Genealogy; A. Bell

    Anthropologies of Domestic Violence: Studying Crime in Situ; M. Adelman

    Methodological Issues in the Comparison of Police-Recorded Crime Rates; M. F. Aebi

    Crime and Criminality

    Transnational Environmental Harm and Eco-Global Criminology; R. White

    Perpetrators and Victims of Sex Crimes; J. Obergfell-Fuchs

    Financial Crimes in Comparative Context; M. Levi

    Studying Criminality and Criminal Offenders in the Early Twentieth-Century Philippines; F. C. Gutierrez

    Response to Crime

    Affluence, Disadvantage, and Fear of Crime; M. Lee

    Closed-Circuit Television: A Review of Its Development and Its Implications for Privacy; C. Norris

    Crime and Social Policy; C. Grover

    Truth, Reality, Justice, and the Crime Genre: Implications for Criminological Inquiry and Pedagogy; G. Cavender and N. C. Jurik

    The Police Response to Crime; M. O’Neill

    The European Experience of Crime Prevention; R. Selmini

    Crime, Victims, and Social Divisions

    Class, Inequality, and the Etiology of Crime; J. Savolainen

    Youth Gangs in a Global Context; J. Medina Ariza

    Victim Participation in the Criminal Justice Process: Normative Dilemmas and Practical Responses; E. Erez and J. V. Roberts

    Spatial Analysis of Street Crimes; C. M. G. Monteiro

    Understanding Repeat Victimization: A Longitudinal Study; A. E. Bottoms and A. Costello

    Conclusion; S. G. Shoham and P. Knepper


    Shlomo G. Shoham is Professor of Law and an interdisciplinary lecturer at Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, and is a world-renowned criminologist who has published more than 100 books and about 1,000 articles on crime, deviance, philosophy, religion, psychology, and the human personality. Over the years, he has developed his innovative personality theory, a highly appraised new theory of personality development. In 2003, Professor Shoham was awarded the Israel Prize for research in criminology. Previously, he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Award, the highest prize in American criminology, and recently the prestigious Emet Prize. He is the recipient of a decoration from the prime minister of France. Professor Shoham has lectured all over the world and has been a resident at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, and the Sorbonne. Paul Knepper is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffi eld, and Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. His research has explored sociopolitical definitions of race, conceptual foundations of crime prevention, and historical origins of contemporary responses to crime. Martin Kett is a self-employed technical writer and translator. He received a BSc in mathematics and statistics from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.


    There are a number of books on criminology in the market, but none as remarkable as this. … As I thumbed through the book, I immediately sensed the world view of criminology that this book provides.
    Anil Aggarwal’s Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volume 12, Number 1, January - June 2011