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Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology

2nd Edition

Edited by Walter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz


510 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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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 (Walter S. DeKeseredy and Molly Dragiewicz)

Part I - Beyond critique: theoretical perspectives

  1. Critical political economy, crime and justice (Robert Reiner)
  2. Left realism: a new look (Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz)
  3. Ultra-realism (Steve Hall and Simon Winlow)
  4. Southern criminology (Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, and Maximo Sozzo)
  5. Feminist perspectives (Claire M. Renzetti)
  6. Masculinities and Crime (James W. Messerschmidt and Stephen Tomsen)
  7. Queer criminology (Carrie Buist, Emily Lenning, and Matthew Ball)
  8. Cultural criminology: Burning Up Capitalism, Consumer Culture and Crime (Stephen L. Muzzatti and Emma Margaret Smith)
  9. Critical Green criminology (Rob White)
  10. Green cultural criminology (Avi Brisman and Nigel South)
  11. Convict criminology (Stephen C. Richards, Jeffrey Ian Ross, Greg Newbold, Michael Lenza, and Robert Grigsby)
  12. Postmodern criminology (Dragan Milovanovic)
  13. Part II – Select topics in critical criminology

  14. A critical interpretation of Animal Expoitation (Bonnie Berry)
  15. Crimes of the powerful: an agenda for a twenty-first century criminology (Dawn L. Rothe and David O. Friedrichs)
  16. State violence, women, and gender (Victoria E. Collins)
  17. Towards a Criminology of War, Violence and Militarism (Ross McGarry and Sandra Walklate)
  18. Terrorism. The Problem with Radicalization: Overlooking the elephants in the room (Sandra Walklate and Gaybe Mythen)
  19. Militarizing American Police: An Overview (Peter B. Kraska)
  20. Hate crime (James Nolan, Lee Thorpe Jr. and Andrea DeKeseredy)
  21. Neoliberalism and the politics of Imprisonment (Sappho Xenakis and Leonidas K. Cheliotis)
  22. Private prisons, the Criminal Justice-Industrial Complex and Bodies Destines for Profitable Punishment (Paul Leighton and Donna Selman)
  23. Power and Accountability: Life after death row in the United States (Kimberly J. Cook and Saundra D. Westervelt)
  24. Thinking critically about contemporary adult pornography and woman abuse (Walter S. DeKeseredy and Amanda Hall-Sanchez)
  25. Critical issues in intimate partner violence against women (Shana L. Maier and Raquel Kennedy Bergen)
  26. Image-based sexual abuse (Anastasia Powell, Nicola Henry, and Asher Flynn)
  27. Child sexual abuse (Michael Salter)
  28. Antifeminism and backlash: a critical criminological imperative (Molly Dragiewicz)
  29. A critical examination of girls’ violence and juvenile justice (Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko)
  30. Girls and women in conflict with the law (Katherine Irwin, Lisa Pasko and Janet Davidson)
  31. Critical criminology and drugs (Henry H. Brownstein)
  32. Critical perspectives on Urban Street Gangs (Simon Hallsworth)
  33. The future of a critical rural criminology (Joseph F. Donnermeyer)
  34. Media and Crime: Interrogating the Violence of Representation (Eamon Carrabine)
  35. Research on Human trafficking: Critical Perspectives and Thoughts on New Directions (Emily Troshynski and Olivia Tuttle)
  36. Part III – Policy issues

  37. Curbing state crime by challenging the U.S. Empire (Ronald C. Kramer)
  38. Violence and social policy (Elliott Currie)
  39. Confronting adult pornography (Walter DeKeseredy)
  40. Confronting state oppression: The Role of Music (David Kauzlarich and Clay Michael Awsumb)
  41. Regulating fair play in sport (Kathryn E. Henne)
  42. The role of critical criminology in confronting the war on immigration (Daniel E. Martinez)

About the Editors

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.

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Subject Categories

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