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New Directions in Critical Criminology


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Critical criminology has gone through a number of significant changes since its birth in the early 1970s. New Directions in Critical Criminology provides authoritative original essays on major contemporary issues of central concern to critical criminologists around the world. Each book examines new areas of empirical and theoretical inquiry, and sets out an agenda for innovative progressive ways of thinking critically about crime, law, and social control.

These books are specifically designed to be useful resources for undergraduate and post-graduate students, researchers, and policy makers.

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Southern Criminology

Southern Criminology

1st Edition

Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott, Máximo Sozzo, Reece Walters
October 15, 2018

Criminology has focused mainly on problems of crime and violence in the large population centres of the Global North to the exclusion of the global countryside, peripheries and antipodes. Southern criminology is an innovative new approach that seeks to correct this bias. This book turns the origin...

Crime, Justice and Social Media

Crime, Justice and Social Media

1st Edition

Michael Salter
October 12, 2016

How is social media changing contemporary understandings of crime and injustice, and what contribution can it make to justice-seeking? Abuse on social media often involves betrayals of trust and invasions of privacy that range from the public circulation of intimate photographs to mass campaigns of...

Queer Criminology

Queer Criminology

1st Edition

Carrie Buist, Emily Lenning
October 20, 2015

Winner of the 2016 Book Award from the American Society of Criminology, Division of Critical Criminology. In this book, Carrie L. Buist and Emily Lenning reflect on the origins of Queer Criminology, survey the foundational research and scholarship in this emerging field, and offer suggestions for...

Revitalizing Criminological Theory:: Towards a new Ultra-Realism

Revitalizing Criminological Theory:: Towards a new Ultra-Realism

1st Edition

Steve Hall, Simon Winlow
May 26, 2015

This book provides a short, comprehensive and accessible introduction to Ultra-Realism: a unique and radical school of criminological thought that has been developed by the authors over a number of years. After first outlining existing schools of thought, their major intellectual flaws and...

Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and revolutionizing studies of crime

Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and revolutionizing studies of crime

1st Edition

Hillary Potter
May 19, 2015

The use of intersectionality theory in the social sciences has proliferated in the past several years, putting forward the argument that the interconnected identities of individuals, and the way these identities are perceived and responded to by others, must be a necessary part of any analysis....

Youth Street Gangs: A critical appraisal

Youth Street Gangs: A critical appraisal

1st Edition

David C. Brotherton
May 05, 2015

Gangs have been heavily pathologized in the last several decades. In comparison to the pioneering Chicago School's work on gangs in the 1920s we have moved away from a humanistic appraisal of and sensitivity toward the phenomenon and have allowed the gang to become a highly plastic folk devil...

Power and Crime

Power and Crime

1st Edition

Vincenzo Ruggiero
April 16, 2015

This book provides an analysis of the two concepts of power and crime and posits that criminologists can learn more about these concepts by incorporating ideas from disciplines outside of criminology. Although arguably a 'rendezvous' discipline, Vincenzo Ruggiero argues that criminology can gain...

Feminism and Global Justice

Feminism and Global Justice

1st Edition

Kerry Carrington
October 24, 2014

In this book, Kerry Carrington takes a bold, critical and reflexive approach to understanding the global divisions and inequalities that shape distinctive patterns of gender and crime. The book argues that in order for feminist criminology to enhance its conceptual and political relevance in the...

Contradictions of Terrorism: Security, risk and resilience

Contradictions of Terrorism: Security, risk and resilience

1st Edition

Sandra Walklate, Gabe Mythen
August 12, 2014

Over the last fifteen years there has been a significant growth in literature dealing with terrorism. Nevertheless, scholars within mainstream criminology have only recently begun to grapple with the problem of terrorism in a sustained fashion. In this provocative book the authors provide both an...

Crimes of Globalization

Crimes of Globalization

1st Edition

Dawn Rothe, David O. Friedrichs
July 08, 2014

This book addresses immensely consequential crimes in the world today that, to date, have been almost wholly neglected by students of crime and criminal justice: crimes of globalization. This term refers to the hugely harmful consequences of the policies and practices of international financial...

Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerism, and Resistance to Ecocide

Green Cultural Criminology: Constructions of Environmental Harm, Consumerism, and Resistance to Ecocide

1st Edition

Avi Brisman, Nigel South
May 28, 2014

Over the last two decades, "green criminology" has emerged as a unique area of study, bringing together criminologists and sociologists from a wide range of research backgrounds and varying theoretical orientations. It spans the micro to the macro—from individual-level environmental crimes and...

Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications

Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications

1st Edition

Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern
November 18, 2013

This book examines the relationship between police, media and the public and analyses the shifting techniques and technologies through which they communicate. In a critical discussion of contemporary and emerging modes of mediatized police work, Lee and McGovern demonstrate how the police engage...

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