The main objective of the second edition of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology is twofold: (1) to provide original chapters that cover contemporary critical criminological theoretical offerings generated over the past five years and (2) to provide chapters on important new substantive topics that are currently being studied and theorized by progressive criminologists. Special attention is devoted to new theoretical directions in the field, such as southern criminology, queer criminology, and green criminology.
The diverse chapters cover not only cutting-edge theories, but also the variety of research methods used by leading scholars in the field and the rich data generated by their rigorous empirical work. In addition, some of the chapters suggest innovative and realistic short- and long-term policy proposals that are typically ignored by mainstream criminology. These progressive strategies address some of the most pressing social problems facing contemporary society today, which generate much pain and suffering for socially and economically disenfranchised people.
The new edition of the Handbook is a major work in redefining areas within the context of international multidisciplinary critical research, and in highlighting emerging areas, such as human trafficking, Internet pornography and image-based sexual abuse. It is specifically designed to be a comprehensive resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and policymakers.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Critical criminology: past, present, and future Part I Beyond critique: theoretical perspectives 1. Critical political economy, crime and justice 2. Left realism: a new look 3. Ultra-realism 4. Southern criminology 5. Feminist perspectives 6. Masculinities and crime 7. Queer criminology 8. Cultural criminology 9. Critical green criminology 10. Green cultural criminology 11. Convict criminology 12. Postmodern criminology Part II Select topics in critical criminology 13. A critical interpretation of animal exploitation 14. Crimes of the powerful: an agenda for a twenty-first-century criminology 15. State violence, women, and gender 16. Criminology, war and the violence of militarism 17. Terrorism: the problem with radicalization: overlooking the elephants in the room 18. Militarizing American police: an overview 19. Hate crime 20. Neoliberalism and the politics of imprisonment 21. Private prisons, the criminal justice–industrial complex and bodies destined for profitable punishment 22. Power and accountability: life after death row in the United States 23. Thinking critically about contemporary adult pornography and woman abuse 24. Critical issues in intimate partner violence against women 25. Image-based sexual abuse 26. Child sexual abuse 27. Antifeminism and backlash: a critical criminological imperative 28. A critical examination of girls’ violence and juvenile justice 29. Girls and women in conflict with the law 30. Critical criminology and drugs 31. Critical perspectives on urban street gangs 32. The future of a critical rural criminology 33. Media and crime: interrogating the violence of representation 34. Research on human trafficking: critical perspectives and thoughts on new directions Part III Policy issues 35. Curbing state crime by challenging the U.S. Empire 36. Violence and social policy 37. Confronting adult pornograph
Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Centre on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 23 books, 95 scientific journal articles and 76 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems.
Molly Dragiewicz is Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She launched QUT’s first domestic violence elective unit in 2015 and developed and serves as Course Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence since 2016.