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Routledge Key Thinkers in Criminology


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The more a discipline matures and develops the more interesting it becomes to document and reflect upon its history – including its key figures. The history of criminology includes a set of key thinkers who have defined the subject, renewed its theory and refined its methodology.

The volumes in this series are stand-alone introductions and critical examinations of the life and work of key thinkers in criminology. These volumes collectively contribute to writing and rewriting criminology’s history by adding a distinctive line of inquiry: the focus on the ideas of some of the most inspiring figures from its past.

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Nicole Rafter

Nicole Rafter

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Chase Burton
October 29, 2021

This book is a critical summary and exegesis of the work of Nicole Rafter, who was a leading scholar of the history of biological theories of crime causation as well as a profound theorist of the role of history within criminology. It introduces Rafter’s key works and assesses her contributions to ...

Barbara Wootton and the Legacy of a Pioneering Public Criminologist

Barbara Wootton and the Legacy of a Pioneering Public Criminologist

1st Edition

By Philip Bean
November 03, 2020

This book offers an assessment of Barbara Wootton’s legacy as a pioneering public criminologist. Barbara Wootton (1897-1988) was a leading British social scientist, magistrate, academic and public servant. She was also a life peer (Baroness Wootton of Abinger) and the first woman to sit on the ...

Edwin H. Sutherland

Edwin H. Sutherland

1st Edition

By David O. Friedrichs, Isabel Schoultz, Aleksandra Jordanoska
July 31, 2020

Edwin H. Sutherland is widely identified as the single most important and influential criminologist of the twentieth century. He is especially well-known for his path-breaking criminology textbook (first published in 1924), his promotion of a sociological (and scientific) approach to the ...

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

1st Edition

By Mariana Valverde
February 04, 2019

This book explores the theoretical contribution of Michel Foucault to the fields of criminology, law, justice and penology. It surveys both the ways in which the work of Foucault has been applied in criminology, but also how his work can be used to understand and explain contemporary issues and ...

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