What is Criminology?

Paperback | May 29, 2012

EditorMary Bosworth, Carolyn Hoyle

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Criminology is a booming discipline, yet one which can appear divided and fractious. In this rich and diverse collection of essays, some of the world's leading criminologists respond to a series of questions designed to investigate the state, impact, and future challenges of the discipline:What is criminology for? What is the impact of criminology? How should criminology be done? What are the key issues and debates in criminology today? What challenges does the discipline of criminology face? How has criminology as a discipline changed over the last few decades?The resulting essays identify a series of intellectual, methodological, and ideological borders. Borders, in criminology as elsewhere, are policed, yet they are also frequently transgressed; criminologists can and do move across them to plunder, admire, or learn from other regions. While someboundaries may be more difficult or dangerous to cross than others it is rare to find an entirely secluded locale or community.In traversing ideological, political, geographical, and disciplinary borders, criminologists bring training, tools, and concepts, as well as key texts to share with foreigners. From such exchanges, over time, borders may break down, shift, or spring up, enriching those who take the journey and thosewho are visited. It is, in other words, in criminology's capacity for and commitment to reflexivity, on which the strength of the field depends.

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Criminology is a booming discipline, yet one which can appear divided and fractious. In this rich and diverse collection of essays, some of the world's leading criminologists respond to a series of questions designed to investigate the state, impact, and future challenges of the discipline:What is criminology for? What is the impact of...

Mary Bosworth is Reader in Criminology at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College. She joined the Oxford Centre for Criminology in 2006. She is also concurrently Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. Her major research interests are in punishment, incarceration, and immigration detention with a par...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pagesPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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John Braithwaite: PrefaceMary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle: IntroductionPART I Criminology and its Constituencies1. Conceptual allegiances: whose side are you on?1. Ian Loader and Richard Sparks: Criminology's Public Roles: A Drama in Six Acts2. Michael R. Gottfredson: Some Advantages of a Crime-Free Criminology3. Eugene McLaughlin: Critical Criminology: The Renewal of Theory Politics and Practice4. Jeff Ferrell: Disciplinarity and Drift5. David Brown: The Global Financial Crisis: Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy and Criminology6. Pat Carlen: Against Evangelism in Academic Criminology: For Criminology as a Scientific Art2. Methodological allegiances: how should criminology be done?7. Kathleen Daly: Shake it up Baby: Practicing Rock 'n' Roll Criminology8. Clifford Shearing and Monique Marks: Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice9. Nicole Rafter: Origins of Criminology10. Linda G. Mills: He was a Woman: Pitfalls and Possibilities of Popular Audiences11. Marcus Felson: Sort Crimes, Not Criminals12. Paternoster and Shawn Bushway: Studying Desistance from Crime: Where Quantitative Meets Qualitative Methods13. Mike Hough: Criminology and the Role of Experimental Research3. Political allegiances: what is criminology for?14. Beth E. Richie: Criminology and Social Justice: Expanding the Intellectual Commitment15. Thomas Mathiesen and Ole Kristian Hjemdal: A New Look at Victim and Offender - An Abolitionist Approach16. Natalie J. Sokoloff and Amanda Burgess-Proctor: Remembering Criminology's 'Forgotten Theme': Seeking Justice in U.S. Crime Policy Using an Intersectional Approach17. Chris Cunneen: Postcolonial Perspectives for CriminologyPART II Criminology and its Borders1. The limits of the discipline: where do we draw the line?18. Lucia Zedner: Putting Crime Back on the Criminological Agenda19. Aaron Doyle, Janet Chan, and Kevin D. Haggerty: Transcending the Boundaries of Criminology: The Example of Richard Ericson20. David Garland: Criminology's Place in the Academic Field21. Shadd Maruna and Charles Barber: Why Can't Criminology Be More Like Medical Research?: Be Careful What You Wish For22. Andrew Ashworth: Criminal Justice, Not Criminology?23. William A. Schabas: Criminology, Accountability and International Justice2. The limits of geography: does criminology travel?24. Ben Bowling: Transnational Criminology and the Globalization of Harm Production25. Stephan Parmentier: The Missing Link: Criminological Perspectives on Dealing with the Past26. David Nelken: Why Compare Criminal Justice?27. Katja Franko Aas: Visions of Global Control: Cosmopolitan Aspirations in a World of Friction3. The limits of the academy: what is the impact of criminology?28. Lawrence W. Sherman: Criminology as Invention29. Kelly Hannah-Moffat: Criminological Cliques: Narrowing Dialogues, Institutional Protectionism, and the Next Generation30. Tim Hope: Official Criminology and the New Crime Sciences31. Alfred Blumstein: Criminology: Science and Policy Analysis32. Ian O'Donnell: Criminology, Bureaucracy and Unfinished Business33. Tim Newburn: Criminology and Government: Some reflections on Recent Developments in England34. Alison Liebling: Being a Criminologist: Investigation as a Lifestyle and LivingMary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle: Conclusion

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"This is...long overdue volume, which ultimately aims to encourage reflexivity both within criminology and beyond. This aim is initiated immediately; the introductory chapter reflects upon the various problems the authors encountered in enlisting scholars to contribute to the volume,beginning with a discussion as to reasons why certain academics refused their invitation...the essays in this book collectively represent a series of enticing and nuanced debates about what criminology is perceived to be, and what it potentially can become." --Claudine Young, The Cambrian Law Review 2010