1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Criminology

Edited By Liqun Cao, Ivan Y. Sun, Bill Hebenton Copyright 2013
    380 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the world’s second-largest economy, China has made great progress in developing criminology. The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Criminology aims to be a key reference point to summarize the large body of literature in both Chinese and English about various aspects of crime and its control in China for international scholars with an interest in the development of criminological research on and in the Greater China region, and for everyone with a broad interest in international criminology.

    The editors of the Handbook have selected authoritative contributors recognized for their research and scholarship on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. This Handbook consists of five sections:

    • an account of the development of criminology as an academic discipline in modern China, as well as some of the unique theories, strategies, or philosophies of crime control that have emerged;
    • an analysis of the criminal justice system in China, including the police, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice, and the death penalty;
    • an exploration of the issues and problems in conducting research in China;
    • reflections on the nature of crime and criminality in China, including drugs, prostitution, human trafficking, corruption, floating population, domestic violence, and white-collar crime; and
    • an account of crime and criminal justice in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao.

    The book presents a coherent and comprehensive collection of essays on current research and theory in criminology, crime, and justice in China and Greater China, and the Editors’ Introduction and Conclusion provide further contextualization of the Handbook’s key themes.

    Editors’ Introduction: Discovering and making criminology in China  Section I Historical themes, 1. Historical themes of crime causation in China, Zongxian Wu and Liqun Cao, 2. The development of criminology in modern China: A state based enterprise, Susyan Jou, Bill Hebenton and Liqun Cao, 3. Social and crime control with Chinese characteristics, Shanhe Jiang, 4. Punishment in China, Borge Bakken Section II Criminal justice system issues, 5. Legal systems in China, Margaret K. Lewis, 6. The police system in China, Yue Ma, 7. Autonomy, courts and the politico-legal order in contemporary China, Hualing Fu, 8. China’s criminal justice system, Mike McConville and Fu Xin, 9. Juvenile criminal justice system, Guoling Zhao, 10. People's mediation in China, Yuning Wu, 11. Death penalty in China, Natalie Martinez, Thomas Vertino, and Hong Lu, Section III Methods of inquiry, 12. The politics of numbers: Crime statistics in China, Phil N. He, 13. The challenges and rewards of conducting criminological research in China, Daniel J. Curran, 14. Crime data and criminological research in contemporary China, Lening Zhang, Section IV Forms of crime and criminality, 15. Drugs and its control in the People's Republic of China, Bin Liang, 16. Prostitution and human trafficking, Tiantian Zheng, 17. Urbanization and inevitable migration: Crime and migrant workers, Jianhua Xu, 18. Domestic violence and its official reactions in China, Hongwei Zhang, 19 White-collar and corporate crime in China, Hongming Cheng and David O. Friedrichs,  Section V Greater China: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau,  20. Unmasking crime and criminology in Taiwan, Bill Hebenton and Susyan Jou, 21. Official reaction to crime in Taiwan: Tougher on crime and softer on justice, Lan-Ying Huang and Ivan Y. Sun 22. Crime and its control in Hong Kong, Sharon Ingrid Kwok and T. Wing Lo, 23. Official reaction to crime and drug problems in Hong Kong, Yuet-Wah Cheung, and Hua Zhong, 24. Crime and gambling in Macau, Spencer D. Li, 25. Official responses to crime in Macau, Ruohui Zhao, Editors’ conclusion: Dreaming of better times.


    Liqun Cao (曹立群) is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada. He also holds an adjunct appointment at Hunan University. He has published numerous research essays and is the author of Major Criminological Theories: Concepts and Measurement (2004). His co-authored paper "Crime volume and law and order culture" (2007) won the 2008 ACJS Donal MacNamara Award – the best article of the year.

    Ivan Y. Sun (孙懿贤) is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, USA. His research interests include police attitudes and behavior, public assessments of criminal justice, and crime and justice in Chinese societies. He has published more than 60 refereed journal articles since 2002. His most recent publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency and the Journal of Criminal Justice.

    Bill Hebenton (畢兒) teaches and researches at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Law, The University of Manchester, UK and is a Research Associate of the Manchester Centre for Chinese Studies. He has published widely on comparative criminology and criminal justice, and has a particular research interest in China and Greater China. He has been a Visiting Professor at National Taipei University (Taiwan), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), City University of Hong Kong, and East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai).

    "The larger English-speaking criminology community clamours for a descriptive, introductory resource on China. This volume is a long-awaited and sorely needed contribution on the region."

    Tobias Smith, University of California, Berkeley, USA, Punishment and Society