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New Directions in Critical Criminology


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Critical criminology has gone through a number of significant changes since its birth in the early 1970s. New Directions in Critical Criminology provides authoritative original essays on major contemporary issues of central concern to critical criminologists around the world. Each book examines new areas of empirical and theoretical inquiry, and sets out an agenda for innovative progressive ways of thinking critically about crime, law, and social control.

These books are specifically designed to be useful resources for undergraduate and post-graduate students, researchers, and policy makers.

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From Social Harm to Zemiology A Critical Introduction

From Social Harm to Zemiology: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Victoria Canning, Steve Tombs
March 31, 2021

This book outlines key developments in understanding social harm by setting out its historical foundations and the discussions which have proliferated since. It examines various attempts to conceptualise social harm and highlights key sites of contestation in its relationship to criminology to ...

Militaries, Militarisms and Social Harm Institutionalised Bellicosity in Sociological Context

Militaries, Militarisms and Social Harm: Institutionalised Bellicosity in Sociological Context

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Ross McGarry
March 31, 2021

From the early twentieth century writings of Bonger and Gault, the military has been a consistent – albeit marginal – feature of criminological literature. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the criminology of war and militarization. This book contributes to this intellectual ...

Social Democratic Criminology

Social Democratic Criminology

1st Edition

By Robert Reiner
November 03, 2020

This book argues that ‘social democratic criminology’ is an important critical perspective which is essential for the analysis of crime and criminal justice and crucial for humane and effective policy. The end of World War II resulted in 30 years of strategies to create a more peaceful ...

Sex-Positive Criminology

Sex-Positive Criminology

1st Edition

By Aimee Wodda, Vanessa R. Panfil
September 18, 2020

Sex-Positive Criminology proposes a new way to think about sexuality in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. Sex-positivity is framed as a humanizing approach to sexuality that supports the well-being of self and others. It is rooted in the principle of active and ongoing consent, and it...

Southern Criminology

Southern Criminology

1st Edition

By Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott, Máximo Sozzo, Reece Walters
October 15, 2018

Criminology has focused mainly on problems of crime and violence in the large population centres of the Global North to the exclusion of the global countryside, peripheries and antipodes. Southern criminology is an innovative new approach that seeks to correct this bias. This book turns the origin ...

Power and Crime

Power and Crime

1st Edition

By Vincenzo Ruggiero
April 16, 2015

This book provides an analysis of the two concepts of power and crime and posits that criminologists can learn more about these concepts by incorporating ideas from disciplines outside of criminology. Although arguably a 'rendezvous' discipline, Vincenzo Ruggiero argues that criminology can gain ...

Crime, Justice and Social Media

Crime, Justice and Social Media

1st Edition

By Michael Salter
October 12, 2016

How is social media changing contemporary understandings of crime and injustice, and what contribution can it make to justice-seeking? Abuse on social media often involves betrayals of trust and invasions of privacy that range from the public circulation of intimate photographs to mass campaigns of...

Queer Criminology

Queer Criminology

1st Edition

By Carrie Buist, Emily Lenning
October 20, 2015

Winner of the 2016 Book Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division of Critical Criminology. In this book, Carrie L. Buist and Emily Lenning reflect on the origins of Queer Criminology, survey the foundational research and scholarship in this emerging field, and offer suggestions for ...

Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a new Ultra-Realism

Revitalizing Criminological Theory:: Towards a new Ultra-Realism

1st Edition

By Steve Hall, Simon Winlow
May 26, 2015

This book provides a short, comprehensive and accessible introduction to Ultra-Realism: a unique and radical school of criminological thought that has been developed by the authors over a number of years. After first outlining existing schools of thought, their major intellectual flaws and ...

Intersectionality and Criminology Disrupting and revolutionizing studies of crime

Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and revolutionizing studies of crime

1st Edition

By Hillary Potter
May 19, 2015

The use of intersectionality theory in the social sciences has proliferated in the past several years, putting forward the argument that the interconnected identities of individuals, and the way these identities are perceived and responded to by others, must be a necessary part of any analysis. ...

Youth Street Gangs A critical appraisal

Youth Street Gangs: A critical appraisal

1st Edition

By David C. Brotherton
May 05, 2015

Gangs have been heavily pathologized in the last several decades. In comparison to the pioneering Chicago School's work on gangs in the 1920s we have moved away from a humanistic appraisal of and sensitivity toward the phenomenon and have allowed the gang to become a highly plastic folk devil ...

Feminism and Global Justice

Feminism and Global Justice

1st Edition

By Kerry Carrington
October 24, 2014

In this book, Kerry Carrington takes a bold, critical and reflexive approach to understanding the global divisions and inequalities that shape distinctive patterns of gender and crime. The book argues that in order for feminist criminology to enhance its conceptual and political relevance in the ...

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