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Theoretical Criminology (4-vol. set)

Edited by Mary Bosworth

© 2016 – Routledge

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Described by the learned editor of this new Routledge collection as ‘both a subfield and a fundamental approach to criminological inquiry’, theoretical criminology is concerned with debates about foundational analytical concepts: what is crime? What is punishment? It also seeks to explain outcomes: what causes crime? What is the effect of punishment? What makes a criminal?

As theoretical criminology continues rapidly to develop, this new four-volume ‘mini library’ meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of the major works that have contributed to its growth. The gathered pieces—assembled by a distinguished scholar from the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology—explore the nature of ‘theory’ and ‘explanation’ within criminology, and the sometimes fraught relationship between the two. Moreover, the collection maps the chronological development of criminology theory to provide a clear sense of its evolution, as well as to enable users to understand and explore the links between criminological analysis and general social, political, and cultural theory.

The fully indexed collection is also supplemented by the editor’s new introduction which provides a critical overview and analysis, and places the collected materials in their historical and intellectual context. Indeed, for researchers and students, Theoretical Criminology is an essential one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Foundations: Methods, themes, purpose

1. B. Hudson, ‘Difference, Diversity and Criminology: The Cosmopolitan Vision’, Theoretical Criminology, 2008, 12, 3, 275–92.

2. K. Daly, ‘Different Ways of Conceptualizing Sex/Gender in Feminist Theory and Their Implications for Criminology’, Theoretical Criminology, 1997, 1, 25–51.

3. C. Phillips and B. Bowling, ‘Racism, Ethnicity and Criminology: Developing Minority Perspectives’, British Journal of Criminology, 2003, 43, 269–90.

4. C. Phillips, ‘Reading Difference Differently: Identity, Epistemology and Prison Ethnography’, British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 2, 360–78.

5. I. Taylor, P. Walton, and J. Young, ‘The Appeal of Positivism’, The New Criminology (Routledge, 1973), pp. 31–66.

6. N. Naffine, ‘Reinterpreting the Sexes (Through the Crime of Rape)’, Feminism and Criminology (Polity Press, 1996), pp. 95–120.

7. C. Smart, ‘Women, Crime and Mental Illness’, Women, Crime & Criminality (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977), pp. 146–75.

8. S. Cohen, ‘Footprints in the Sand: A Further Report on Criminology and the Sociology of Deviance in Britain’, in M. Fitzgerald et al. (eds.), Crime and Society: Reading in History and Theory (Routledge, 1980), pp. 220–61.

9. J. Young, ‘Thinking Seriously About Crime: Some Models of Criminology’, in M. Fitzgerald et al. (eds.), Crime and Society: Readings in History and Theory (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981), pp. 206–61.

10. A. Bottoms, ‘The Relationship Between Theory and Research in Criminology’, in R. King and E. Wincup (eds.), Doing Research on Crime and Justice, 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 75–117.

11. D. Garland, ‘The Limits of the Sovereign State: Strategies of Crime Control in Contemporary Societies’, British Journal of Criminology, 1996, 36, 4, 445–71.

12. D. Matza and G. Sykes, ‘Juvenile Delinquency and Subterranean Values’, American Sociological Review, 1961, 26, 5, 712–19.

13. J. Katz, ‘Start Here: Social Ontology and Research Strategy’, Theoretical Criminology, 2002, 6, 3, 255–79.

14. S. Cohen, ‘Moral Panics as Cultural Politics’, Folk Devils and Moral Panics, 3rd edn. (Martin Robertson, 2002), pp. 7–39.

15. P. O’Malley, ‘Risk, Power and Crime Prevention’, Economy and Society, 1992, 21, 3, 252–75.

Volume II: TheoriZing Crime and Victims

16. N. Christie, ‘Ideal Victim’, in E. A. Fattah, (ed.), From Crime Policy to Victim Policy (1986), pp. 17–30.

17. E. Stanko, ‘When Precaution is Normal: A Feminist Critique of Crime Prevention’, in L. Gelsthorpe and A. Morris (eds.), Feminist Perspectives in Criminology (Open University Press, 1990), pp. 173–83.

18. K. Beckett and B. Western, ‘Governing Social Marginality’, Punishment and Society, 2001, 3, 1, 43–59.

19. C. Webster, ‘Marginalized White Ethnicity, Race and Crime’, Theoretical Criminology, 2008, 12, 293–312.

20. D. Smith, ‘Key Concepts and Theories about Race’, in H. S. Bhui (ed.), Race and Criminal Justice (Sage, 2009), pp. 9–29.

21. N. Sokoloff and I. Dupont, ‘Domestic Violence at the Intersections of Race and Gender’, Violence Against Women, 2005, 11, 1, 38–64.

22. L. Ray and D. Smith, ‘Racist Offending, Policing And Community Conflict’, Sociology, 2004, 38, 4, 681–99.

23. M. Lee, ‘Human Trade and the Criminalization of Irregular Migration’, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 2005, 33, 1–15.

24. S. de Coster and K. Heimer, ‘Crime at the Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and Violent Offending’, in R. D. Peterson, L. J. Krivo, and J. Hagan (eds.), The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America (New York University Press, 2006), pp. 138–57.

25. W. Chan and G. S. Rigakos, ‘Risk, Crime and Gender’, British Journal of Criminology, 2002, 42, 743–61.

26. S. Sandberg, ‘Black Drug Dealers in a White Welfare State: Cannabis Dealing and Street Capital in Norway’, British Journal of Criminology, 2008, 48, 604–19.

27. J. Miller, ‘The Strengths and Limits of "Doing Gender" for Understanding Street Crime’, Theoretical Criminology, 2002, 11, 6, 433–60.

28. G. Mason, ‘Victim Attributes in Hate Crime Law: Difference and the Politics of Justice’, British Journal of Criminology, 2014, 54, 2, 161–79.

29. Eileen Baldry and Chris Cunneen, ‘Imprisoned Indigenous Women and the Shadow of Colonial Patriarchy,’ Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 2014, 47, 276–98.

30. L. Moran and Alex Sharpe, ‘Violence, Identity and Policing: The Case of Violence Against Transgender People’, Criminal Justice, 2004, 4, 395–417.

31. P. Bourgois, ‘In Search of Masculinity: Violence, Respect and Sexuality Among Puerto Rican Crack Dealers in East Harlem’, British Journal of Criminology, 1996, 36, 3, 412–27.

32. B. Hudson, ‘Restorative Justice and Gendered Violence: Diversion or Effective Justice?’, British Journal of Criminology, 2002, 616–34.

Volume III: Theorising the Police and Punishment

33. B. Hudson, ‘Beyond White Man’s Justice: Race, Gender and Justice in Late Modernity’, Theoretical Criminology, 2006, 10, 1, 29–47.

34. D. Hairkin, ‘The Police and Punishment: Understanding the Pains of Policing’, Theoretical Criminology, 2015, 19, 1, 43–58.

35. V. Barker, ‘Nordic Exceptionalism Revisited: Explaining the Paradox of a Janus-Faced Penal Regime’, Theoretical Criminology, 2013, 17, 1, 5–25.

36. R. Matthews, ‘The Myth of Punitiveness, Toward an Institutionally Capacious Approach to Punishment’, Theoretical Criminology, 2005, 9, 2, 175–201.

37. J. Braithwaite, ‘What’s Wrong with the Sociology of Punishment?’, Theoretical Criminology, 2003, 7, 1, 5–28.

38. A. de Giorgi, ‘Immigration Control, Post-Fordism, and Less Eligibility: A Materialist Critique of the Criminalization of Immigration Across Europe’, Punishment & Society, 2010, 12, 2, 147–67.

39. L. Zedner, ‘Dangers of Dystopias in Penal Theory’, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 2002, 22, 2, 341–66.

40. A. Parmar, ‘Stop and Search in London: Counter-terrorist or Counter-productive?’, Policing and Society, 2011, 21, 4, 369–82.

41. M. Kempa and A. M. Singh, ‘Private Security, Political Economy and the Policing of Race: Probing Global Hypotheses Through the Case of South Africa’, Theoretical Criminology, 2008, 12, 333–54.

42. J. Chan, S. Doran, and C. Marel, ‘Doing and Undoing Gender in Policing’, Theoretical Criminology, 2010, 14, 4, 425–46.

43. M. Bosworth, ‘Theorizing Race and Imprisonment: Towards a New Penality’, Critical Criminology, 2004, 12, 221–42.

44. R. Earle, ‘Inside White: Racism, Social Relations and Ethnicity in English Prison’, in C. Phillips and C. Webster (eds.), New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime (Routledge, 2013), pp. 160–78.

45. A. Angel-Ajani, ‘A Question of Dangerous Races?’, Punishment & Society, 2003, 10, 5, 433–48.

46. K. Hannah-Moffat, ‘Criminogenic Needs and the Transformative Risk Subject: Hybridizations of Risk/Need in Penality’, Punishment & Society, 2005, 7, 1, 29–51.

47. E. Brown, ‘The Dog that Did Not Bark: Punitive Social Beliefs and the Middle Classes’, Punishment and Society, 2006, 8, 3, 287–312.

48. M. Feeley and J. Simon, ‘The New Penology: Notes on an Emerging Strategy of Corrections and its Implications’, Criminology, 1992, 30, 4, 449–74.

49. K. Beckett and S. Herbert, ‘Penal Boundaries: Banishment and the Expansion of Punishment’, Law & Social Inquiry, 2010, 35, 1, 1–38.

50. M. Bosworth and E. Kaufman, ‘Gender and Punishment’, in J. Simon and R. Sparks (eds.), Handbook of Punishment and Society (2012), pp. 186–204 .

51. Bethan Loftus, ‘Dominant Culture Interrupted: Recognition, Resentment and the Politics of Change in an English Police Force’, British Journal of Criminology, 2008, 48, 6, 756–77.

52. I. Loader, ‘Policing, Recognition and Belonging’, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2006, 605, 1, 202–21.

Volume IV: Future directions, new challenges

53. A. Aliverti, ‘Exploring the Function of Criminal Law in the Policing of Foreigners: The Decision to Prosecute Immigration-related Offences’, Social & Legal Studies, 2012, 21, 4, 511–52.

54. K. Franko Aas, ‘"Crimmigrant" Bodies and Bona Fide Travelers: Surveillance, Citizenship and Global Governance’, Theoretical Criminology, 2011, 15, 3, 331–46.

55. M. Bosworth and M. Guild, ‘Governing Through Migration Control’, British Journal of Criminology, 2008, 48, 6, 703–19.

56. S. Pickering, M. Bosworth, and K. Aas, ‘The Criminology of Mobility’, in S. Pickering and J. Ham (eds.), Handbook on Crime and International Migration (Routledge, 2014), pp. 382–95.

57. N. Lacey, ‘Why Globalisation Doesn’t Spell Convergence: Models of Institutional Variation and the Comparative Political Economy of Punishment’, in A. Crawford (ed.), International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (2011), pp. 214–50.

58. L. Zedner, ‘Too Much Security?’, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 2003, 31, 3, 155–84.

59. J. Stumpf, ‘The Crimmigration Crisis: Immigrants, Crime and Sovereign Power’, American University Law Review, 2006, 56, 2, 367–419.

60. S. Krasmann, ‘The Enemy on the Border: Critique of a Programme in Favour of a Preventive State’, Punishment and Society, 2007, 9, 3, 301–18.

61. L. Sanchez, ‘The Carceral Contract: From Domestic to Global Governance’, in M. Bosworth and J. Flavin (eds.), Race, Gender and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers University Press, 2007), pp. 167– 83.

62. C. Cuneen, ‘Post-colonial Perspectives for Criminology’, in M. Bosworth and C. Hoyle (eds.), What is Criminology? (Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 249–66.

63. E. Carrabine, ‘Just Images: Aesthetics, Ethics and Visual Criminology’, British Journal of Criminology, 2012, 52, 3, 463–89.

64. A. Young, ‘The Capture of the Subject’, Judging the Image: Art, Value, Law (Routledge, 2004), pp. 1–20.

65. K. Hayward, ‘Opening the Lens, Cultural Criminology and the Image’, in Keith Hayward and Mike Presdee (eds.), Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image (Routledge, 2010), pp. 1–16.

66. N. South, ‘Corporate and State Crimes Against the Environment: Foundations for a Green Perspective in European Criminology’, in V. Ruggiero, N. South, and I. Taylor (eds.), The New European Criminology: Crime and Social Order in Europe (Routledge, 1998), pp. 443–61.

67. R. White, ‘The Fondations of Eco-global Criminology’, in E. Rune, G. Larsen, and R. Sollund (eds.), Eco-global Crimes: Contemporary Problems and Future Challenges (Ashgate Publishing, 2011), pp. 15–31.

68. B. Spalek, ‘Ageing, Disability, Criminology and Criminal Justice’, Communities, Identities and Crime (2007), pp. 207–25.

69. C. Spivakovsky, ‘From Punishment to Protection: Containing and Controlling the Lives of People with Disabilities in Human Rights’, Punishment & Society, 2014, 16, 5, 560–77.

70. P. Green and S. MacKenzie, ‘Performative Regulation: A Case Study in How Powerful People Avoid Criminal Labels’, British Journal of Criminology, 2008, 48, 2, 138–53.

About the Editor

Mary Bosworth is Professor of Criminology at University of Oxford, UK.

About the Series

Critical Concepts in Criminology

Edited and introduced by leading experts in the field, Routledge’s Major Works collections are designed to meet today’s research, reference, and teaching needs. The Critical Concepts in Criminology series includes a number of titles within the subject area of Crime and Criminal Justice. An area of interest with a fast expanding body of literature, titles within this series provide an authoritative look at some of the key areas of interest within Criminology.

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