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What is Criminology?

Edited by: Mary Bosworth, Caroline Hoyle

ISBN13: 9780199571826
Published: January 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Criminology is a booming discipline, yet one which can appear divided and fractious.

In this rich and diverse collection of 34 essays, some of the worlds 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 some boundaries 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 those who are visited. It is, in other words, in criminologys capacity for and commitment to reflexivity, on which the strength of the field depends.

Preface: John Braithwaite
Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle: Introduction
PART I Criminology and its Constituencies
1. Conceptual allegiances: whose side are you on?
1: Ian Loader and Richard Sparks: Criminology's Public Roles: A Drama in Six Acts
2: Michael R. Gottfredson: Some Advantages of a Crime-Free Criminology
3: Eugene McLaughlin: Critical Criminology: The Renewal of Theory Politics and Practice
4: Jeff Ferrell: Disciplinarity and Drift
5: David Brown: The Global Financial Crisis: Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy and Criminology
6: Pat Carlen: Against Evangelism in Academic Criminology: For Criminology as a Scientific Art
2. Methodological allegiances: how should criminology be done?
7: Kathleen Daly: Shake it up Baby: Practicing Rock 'n' Roll Criminology
8: Clifford Shearing and Monique Marks: Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice
9: Nicole Rafter: Origins of Criminology
10: Linda G. Mills: He was a Woman: Pitfalls and Possibilities of Popular Audiences
11: Marcus Felson: Sort Crimes, Not Criminals
12: Paternoster and Shawn Bushway: Studying Desistance from Crime: Where Quantitative Meets Qualitative Methods
13: Mike Hough: Criminology and the Role of Experimental Research
3. Political allegiances: what is criminology for?
14: Beth E. Richie: Criminology and Social Justice: Expanding the Intellectual Commitment
15: Thomas Mathiesen and Ole Kristian Hjemdal: A New Look at Victim and Offender - An Abolitionist Approach
16: Natalie J. Sokoloff and Amanda Burgess-Proctor: Remembering Criminology's 'Forgotten Theme': Seeking Justice in U.S. Crime Policy Using an Intersectional Approach
17: Chris Cunneen: Postcolonial Perspectives for Criminology
PART II Criminology and its Borders
1. The limits of the discipline: where do we draw the line?
18: Lucia Zedner: Putting Crime Back on the Criminological Agenda
19: Aaron Doyle, Janet Chan, and Kevin D. Haggerty: Transcending the Boundaries of Criminology: The Example of Richard Ericson
20: David Garland: Criminology's Place in the Academic Field
21: Shadd Maruna and Charles Barber: Why Can't Criminology Be More Like Medical Research?: Be Careful What You Wish For
22: Andrew Ashworth: Criminal Justice, Not Criminology?
23: William A. Schabas: Criminology, Accountability and International Justice
2. The limits of geography: does criminology travel?
24: Ben Bowling: Transnational Criminology and the Globalization of Harm Production
25: Stephan Parmentier: The Missing Link: Criminological Perspectives on Dealing with the Past
26: David Nelken: Why Compare Criminal Justice?
27: Katja Franko Aas: Visions of Global Control: Cosmopolitan Aspirations in a World of Friction
3. The limits of the academy: what is the impact of criminology?
28: Lawrence W. Sherman: Criminology as Invention
29: Kelly Hannah-Moffat: Criminological Cliques: Narrowing Dialogues, Institutional Protectionism, and the Next Generation
30: Tim Hope: Official Criminology and the New Crime Sciences
31: Alfred Blumstein: Criminology: Science and Policy Analysis
32: Ian O'Donnell: Criminology, Bureaucracy and Unfinished Business
33: Tim Newburn: Criminology and Government: Some reflections on Recent Developments in England
34: Alison Liebling: Being a Criminologist: Investigation as a Lifestyle and Living
Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle: Conclusion;