1st Edition

The Origins of Criminological Theory

Edited By

Omi Hodwitz

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ISBN 9781032055329
March 17, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

The Origins of Criminological Theory offers a new sort of theory textbook, both in content and concept. Whereas other texts offer a mainly twentieth century account of criminological theory, this book looks further back, tracing the development of our understanding of crime and deviance throughout the ages, from Ancient Greece right through to the dawn of the rehabilitation ideal. The central objective of this book is to inform readers of the significant role the past has played in our contemporary theories of crime. Core content includes:

  • Justice in Ancient Greece
  • The Dark Ages and Innocence
  • The Age of Enlightenment and Human Nature
  • The Classical School and Utilitarianism
  • The Medicalization of Crime
  • Biological Positivism
  • The Birth of Rehabilitation

In addition to providing a unique approach, the book also has unique authorship. Each chapter is written by an incarcerated author housed at a men’s medium and maximum-security prison in the US. The writers are supported by one or more co-authors: university students who carry out the research for each chapter. This book therefore offers a new way of thinking about theory and makes a significant contribution to convict criminology. It will be of interest to those taking courses in criminological theory, and to programmes such as Inside-Out in the US, and the Prison-University Partnerships Network in the UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Omi Hodwitz

2. Justice in Ancient Greece and Rome

Ronald Nold, Kelley Massingale and Omi Hodwitz

3. The Dark Ages and Innocence

Craig Bogan and Alyssa Conrad

4. The Age of Enlightenment and Human Nature

Josh Ritchie, Mihaela Karst and Omi Hodwitz

5. The Classical School and Utilitarianism

David Steece and Omi Hodwitz

6. The Criminalization of Madness

Trip Finity Taylor and Kortni MacDonald

7. The Scientific Revolution and Biological Positivism

Steff King, Eldon Samuel and Trip Finity Taylor

8. The Birth of Rehabilitation

Trip Finity Taylor and Jemma Leavitt

9. The Rise of Restoration

Silas Parks and Kelsie Rumsey

10. Bringing the Past into the Present

Omi Hodwitz

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Omi Hodwitz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture, Society and Justice at the University of Idaho, USA.