1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies

Edited By Kathryn Henne, Rita Shah Copyright 2020
    332 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Featuring contributions from scholars from across the globe, Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies is a comprehensive resource that addresses the challenges related to public conversations around crime and policy. In an era of fake news, misguided rhetoric about immigrants and refugees, and efforts to toughen criminal laws, criminologists seeking to engage publicly around crime and policy arguably face an uphill battle. This handbook outlines the foundations of and developments in public criminology, underscoring the need to not only understand earlier ideas and debates, but also how scholars pursue public-facing work through various approaches. The first of its kind, this collection captures diverse and critical perspectives on the practices and challenges of actually doing public criminology.

    The book presents real-world examples that help readers better understand the nature of public criminological work, as well as the structural and institutional barriers and enablers of engaging wider audiences. Contributors address policies around crime and crime control, media landscapes, and changing political dynamics. In examining attempts to bridge the gaps between scholarship, activism, and outreach, the essays featured here capture important tensions related to inequality and social difference, including the ways in which criminology can be complicit in perpetuating inequitable practices and structures, and how public criminology aims—but sometimes fails—to address them.

    The depth and breadth of material in the book will appeal to a wide range of academics, students, and practitioners. It is an important resource for early career researchers, more established scholars, and professionals, with accessible content that can also be used in upper-level undergraduate classes.

    Chapter 5 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Foreword. The State of Public Criminology: Progress and Challenges

    Elliott Currie

    Introduction. Public Criminology Reconsidered: An Invitation

    Rita Shah and Kathryn Henne

    PART I

    The Emergence of Public Criminologies

    1. Everything Still to Play for: Revisiting "Public Criminologies: Diverse Perspectives on Academia and Policy"

    Lynn Chancer and Eugene McLaughlin

    2. Re-Thinking Public Criminology: Politics, Paradoxes, and Challenges

    Eamonn Carrabine, Maggy Lee, and Nigel South

    3. Where is the Public in Public Criminology? Towards a Participatory Public Criminology

    Stuart Henry

    4. The Challenge of Transformative Justice: Insurgent Knowledge and Public Criminology

    Michelle Brown

    5. Articulation of Liberation Criminologies and Public Criminologies: Advancing a Countersystem Approach and Decolonization Paradigm

    Biko Agozino and Kimberley Ducey



    Engaging Publics

    6. A Revolution in Prosecution: The Campaign to End Mass Incarceration in Philadelphia

    Jill McCorkel

    7. Reflections from an Accidental Public Scholar

    Peter Kraska

    8. Engaging the Public: Access to Justice for the Most Vulnerable

    Emily Troshynski

    9. Public Feminist Criminologies: Reflections on the Activist-Scholar in Violence Against Women Policy

    Anastasia Powell and Ruth Liston

    10. Limits of Visibility in the Struggle for Abortion Rights: Reflection from Latin America

    Mariana Prandini Assis




    Barriers and Challenges

    11. Strangers Within: Carving Out a Role for Engaged Scholarship in the University Space

    Monique Marks

    12. The Push and Pull of Going "Public": Barriers and Risks to Mobilizing Criminological Knowledge

    Krystle Shore

    13. Public Criminology in China: Neither Public, nor Criminology

    Jianhua Xu and Weidi Liu

    14. A Case for a Public Pacific Criminology?

    Miranda Forsyth, Sinclair Dinnen, and Fiona Hukula

    15. The Challenges of Academics Engaging in Environmental Justice Activism

    Josh Ozymy and Melissa Jarrell



    Critiques and Critical Reflections

    16. You’re a Criminologist? What Can You Offer Us? Interrogating Criminological Expertise in the Context of White Collar Crime

    Fiona Haines

    17. "Our North is the South": Lessons from Researching Police-Community Encounters in São Paulo and Los Angeles

    Sebastian Sclofsky

    18. Confronting Politics of Death in Papua

    Budi Hernawan

    19. Rethinking How "the Public" Counts in Public Criminology

    David A. Maldonado

    20. Does the Public Need Criminology?

    Vincenzo Ruggiero


    PART V

    Future Trajectories

    21. Starting the Conversation in the Classroom: Pedagogy as Public Criminology

    Lori Sexton

    22. You are on Indigenous Land: Acknowledgment and Action in Criminology

    Lisa Monchalin

    23. Time to Think about Patriarchy? Public Criminology in an Era of Misogyny

    Meda Chesney-Lind

    24. Value-Responsible Design and Sexual Violence Interventions: Engaging Value-Hypotheses in Making the Criminological Imagination

    Renee Shelby

    25. Abolitionism as a Philosophy of Hope: "Inside-outsiders" and the Reclaiming of Democracy

    David Scott


    Kathryn Henne is Professor of Regulation and Governance at the Australian National University. Her work focuses on the interface between deviance, technologies of policing, and inequality. She is the author of Testing for Athlete Citizenship: Regulating Doping and Sex in Sport (2015) and co-editor (with Blayne Haggart and Natasha Tusikov) of Information, Technology and Control in a Changing World (2019).

    Rita Shah is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. Her research examines the ways in which correctional systems are socially and legally constructed and critically analyses criminological methods and pedagogy. She is the author of The Meaning of Rehabilitation and its Impact on Parole: There and Back Again in California (Routledge, 2017), which queries the concept of rehabilitation to determine how, on a legislative and policy level, the term is defined as a goal of correctional systems.

    The Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies provides an exciting global and critical accounting of many topics related to public criminologies, including much-needed analyses by scholars from the Global South.
    Joanne Belknap, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder

    Public criminology is where the action is, as this wonderfully diverse, richly detailed, and up-to-the-minute handbook makes clear. The chapters and authors are well-chosen, providing concrete examples and inspiring big-picture visions. The Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies is an invaluable compendium and reference for students, scholars, and practitioners.
    – Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, and Michelle Inderbitzin, Oregon State University

    Foundational knowledge of public criminology coupled with critical perspectives on its practice makes this an essential handbook for changemakers desiring to make their criminological learning relevant in the real world. 
    – Sheetal Ranjan, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice, William Paterson University

    With this wide-ranging and involving book, the debate on public criminologies has decisively moved on. Kathryn Henne and Rita Shah have assembled a richly varied set of contributions. These essays address the question of criminology's public roles from a wide and challenging range of positions, places, and perspectives. A debate that threatened to become repetitious and introspective has again turned outwards and become more open and more contemporary.
    Richard Sparks, University of Edinburgh, and Ian Loader, University of Oxford, Authors of Public Criminology (Routledge, 2011)