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Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology

Edited by Walter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz

© 2011 – Routledge

534 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology is a collection of original essays specifically designed to offer students, faculty, policy makers, and others an in-depth overview of the most up-to-date empirical, theoretical, and political contributions made by critical criminologists around the world. Special attention is devoted to new theoretical directions in the field, such as cultural criminology, masculinities studies, and feminist criminologies.

Its diverse essays not only cover the history of critical criminology and 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, and that generate much pain and suffering for socially and economically disenfranchised people.

The Handbook explores up-to-date empirical, theoretical, and political contributions, and is specifically designed to be a comprehensive resource for undergraduate and post-graduate students, researchers, and policy makers.


"The editors of this text provide a broad, impressive review of readings in the area of critical criminology… a welcome addition to the body of criminology and should be of interest to advanced criminology readers. DeKeseredy and Dragiewicz should be congratulated for bringing together the original works of a wide range of critical criminological thinkers. Summing Up: Highly recommended."

—G. C. Leavitt, Idaho State University, in Choice Magazine, August 2012

"A welcome addition to the surprisingly small number of critical criminology collections currently available; there is enough quality within the 529 pages to recommend it for criminology library lists."

Bruce M.Z. Cohen, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology

Table of Contents

Introduction - Critical criminology: past, present and future Part I: The History of Critical Criminology - International Perspectives 1. Finding a political voice: the emergence of critical criminology in Britain, Jayne Mooney 2. The history of critical criminology in the United States, Raymond Michalowski 3. History of critical criminology in Australia, Kerry Carrington and Russell Hogg 4. History of critical criminology in Canada, Walter S. DeKeseredy 5. Latin American critical criminology, Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt Part II: Theoretical Perspectives 6. Marxist criminology, Rick Matthews 7. Left realism, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz 8. Critical perspectives on law, Dragan Milovanovic 9. Feminist perspectives in criminology, Claire M. Renzetti 10. Cultural criminology: Burning up capitalism, consumer culture and crime, Stephen Muzzatti 11. Postmodern criminology, Dragan Milovanovic 12. Convict criminology, Jeffrey Ross, Stephen Richards, Greg Newbold, Michael Lenza, and Robert Grigsby 13. Masculinities, James Messerschmidt and Stephen Tomsen 14. Peacemaking criminology, Hal Pepinsky 15. 'Since I couldn't get out of my own skin': what would a feminist psychoanalytic perspective of crime and justice look like? Robin A. Robinson 16. Critical historical perspectives on crime, Barry Godfrey Part III: Select Topics in Critical Criminology 17. A critical interpretation of animal exploitation, Bonnie Berry 18. Crimes of the powerful: white-collar crime and beyond, David O. Friedrichs and Dawn L. Rothe 19. Girls' violence and juvenile justice: A critical examination, Lisa Pasko and Meda Chesney-Lind 20. Private prisons, the criminal justice-industrial complex and bodies destined for profitable punishment, Paul Leighton and Donna Selman 21. Anti-feminist backlash and critical criminology, Molly Dragiewicz 22. Rural crime and critical criminology, Joseph F. Donnermeyer 23. Hate crime, Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland 24. Gender and policing: critical issues and analyses, Susan Miller and Emily Bonistall 25. Critical issues in intimate partner violence, Shana Maier and Raquel Bergen 26. Human trafficking, Emily Troshynski 27. War on terror, human rights & critical criminology, Michael Welch 28. Media and crime, Gregg Barak 29. The contemporary youth gang: critical perspectives, Julian Tanner 30. Adult women in conflict with the law, Merry Morash and Julie Yingling 31. Children and human rights, Patrik Olsson 32. Drugs and critical criminology, Judith Grant Part IV:Policies 33. Curbing state crime by challenging empire, Ronald C. Kramer 34. Confronting campus sexual assault, Molly Dragiewicz and Walter S. DeKeseredy 35. Violence and social policy, Elliott Currie 36. The International Criminal Court: the solution to ending impunity, Dawn Rothe and Christopher Mullins 37. Prisons: securing the state, Mary Bosworth and Sophie Palmer 38. Confronting state oppression: the role of music, David Kauzlarich and Clay Michael Awsumb

About the Editors

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). He has published 16 books and over 100 scientific journal articles and book chapters on. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Molly Dragiewicz is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada. Her research interests center on gender, violence, and antifeminist backlash. She received the New Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime in 2009, and recently published Equality With A Vengeance: Men's Rights Groups, Battered Women, and Antifeminist Backlash in the Northeastern University Press Series on Gender, Crime, and Law.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society