1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts

ISBN 9781138819009
Published June 15, 2017 by Routledge
600 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A comprehensive one-stop reference text, The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts (the ‘Companion’) will find a place on every bookshelf, whether it be that of a budding scholar or a seasoned academic. Comprising over a hundred concise and authoritative essays written by leading scholars in the field, this volume explains in a clear and inviting way the emergence, context, evolution and current status of key criminological theories and conceptual themes.

The Companion is divided into six historical and thematic parts, each introduced by the editors and containing a selection of accessible and engaging short essays written specifically for this text:

  • Foundations of criminological thought and contemporary revitalizations
  • The emergence and growth of American criminology
  • From appreciation to critique
  • Late critical criminologies and new directions
  • Punishment and security
  • Geographies of crime

Comprehensive cross-referencing between entries will provide the reader with signposts to later developments, to critiques and to associated theoretical developments explored within the book, and lists of further reading in every entry will encourage independent thinking and study. This book is an essential reference work for criminology students at all levels and is the perfect companion for courses on criminological theory.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Foundations of Criminological Thought and Contemporary Revitalizations 

Part 2: The Emergence and Growth of American Criminology 

Part 3: From Appreciation to Critique 

Part 4: Late Critical Criminologies and New Directions 

Part 5: Punishment and Security 

Part 6: Geographies of Crime

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Avi Brisman is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology.

Eamonn Carrabine is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.

Nigel South is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology.


"The Routledge Companion to Criminological Theory and Concepts is a great conspectus of the different bloodlines, forms and uses of criminology, prepared by authors recruited from across the globe, many of them the principal experts in the areas they describe. It is, without doubt, remarkably comprehensive, nonpartisan and authoritative, and it will serve as an invaluable vade mecum for anyone engaged in the study of crime."

- Paul Rock, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

"This Companion will undoubtedly leave its mark on criminology. The editors have brought together a remarkably thorough and comprehensive collection of essays by experts in their respective fields that will not only stand the test of time but at the same time captures the diversity and intellectual excitement of criminology. This is a clear and accessible collection that will enhance the understanding of the discipline by all those who read it: tutors and students alike. This is the 'must have' book for anyone claiming the label 'criminologist'."

- Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology, University of Liverpool; Professor of Criminology, Monash University, Australia; and Adjunct Professor School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"An extraordinary achievement, breathtaking in its scope. A crucial resource, by some of the most insightful thinkers within criminology, that not only surveys what has been achieved but identifies and explores crucial new directions. A criminological milestone that will inspire and guide criminologists for decades to come."

- Clifford Shearing, Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Griffith University, Australia; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Montreal, Canada

"This intellectual history of criminological theories comes at an important time, when we urgently need to re-think our understandings of deviance, transgression and wrongdoing. This is a generous, robust and wide-ranging collection of essays, and they are accessible, rigorous and critical. Many of these are reassuring contributions from key thinkers, and others represent welcome challenges to the field."

- Katherine Biber, Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney, Australia