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What is Criminology?

Edited by: Mary Francesca Bosworth, Carolyn Hoyle

ISBN13: 9780199659920
Published: May 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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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 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 criminology's capacity for and commitment to reflexivity, on which the strength of the field depends.

Subjects:
Criminology
Contents:
Preface: John Braithwaite
Introduction

PART I CRIMINOLOGY AND ITS CONSTITUENCIES

1. CONCEPTUAL ALLEGIANCES: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON?
1. Criminology's Public Roles: A Drama in Six Acts
2. Some Advantages of a Crime-Free Criminology
3. Critical Criminology: The Renewal of Theory Politics and Practice
4. Disciplinarity and Drift
5. The Global Financial Crisis: Neo-Liberalism, Social Democracy and Criminology
6. Against Evangelism in Academic Criminology: For Criminology as a Scientific Art

2. METHODOLOGICAL ALLEGIANCES: HOW SHOULD CRIMINOLOGY BE DONE?
7. Shake it up Baby: Practicing Rock 'n' Roll Criminology
8. Criminology's Disney World: The Ethnographer's Ride of South African Criminal Justice
9. Origins of Criminology
10. He was a Woman: Pitfalls and Possibilities of Popular Audiences
11. Sort Crimes, Not Criminals
12. Studying Desistance from Crime: Where Quantitative Meets Qualitative Methods
13. Criminology and the Role of Experimental Research

3. POLITICAL ALLEGIANCES: WHAT IS CRIMINOLOGY FOR?
14. Criminology and Social Justice: Expanding the Intellectual Commitment
15. A New Look at Victim and Offender - An Abolitionist Approach
16. Remembering Criminology's 'Forgotten Theme': Seeking Justice in U.S. Crime Policy Using an Intersectional Approach
17. Postcolonial Perspectives for Criminology

PART II CRIMINOLOGY AND ITS BORDERS

1. THE LIMITS OF THE DISCIPLINE: WHERE DO WE DRAW THE LINE?
18. Putting Crime Back on the Criminological Agenda
19. Transcending the Boundaries of Criminology: The Example of Richard Ericson
20. Criminology's Place in the Academic Field
21. Why Can't Criminology Be More Like Medical Research?: Be Careful What You Wish For
22. Criminal Justice, Not Criminology?
23. Criminology, Accountability and International Justice

2. THE LIMITS OF GEOGRAPHY: DOES CRIMINOLOGY TRAVEL?
24. Transnational Criminology and the Globalization of Harm Production
25. The Missing Link: Criminological Perspectives on Dealing with the Past
26. Why Compare Criminal Justice?
27. Visions of Global Control: Cosmopolitan Aspirations in a World of Friction

3. THE LIMITS OF THE ACADEMY: WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CRIMINOLOGY?
28. Criminology as Invention
29. Criminological Cliques: Narrowing Dialogues, Institutional Protectionism, and the Next Generation
30. Official Criminology and the New Crime Sciences
31. Criminology: Science and Policy Analysis
32. Criminology, Bureaucracy and Unfinished Business
33. Criminology and Government: Some reflections on Recent Developments in England
34. Being a Criminologist: Investigation as a Lifestyle and Living
Conclusion