Sociology Index

Critical Criminology

Classical Criminology, Post-Critical Criminology, Books on Critical Criminology

Critical criminology is a form of criminology using a conflict perspective of some kind: Marxism, feminism, political economy theory or critical theory. In all of these, the focus is on locating the genesis of crime and the interpretation of what is 'justice' within a structure of social class and social status inequalities.

In critical criminology, law and the definition and punishment of crime are then seen as connected to a system of social inequality and as tools for the reproduction of this inequality.

Criticism and Criminology: In Search of Legitimacy - George Pavlich, Univ of Auckland - Theoretical Criminology, Vol. 3, No. 1, 29-51 (1999). New criminology developed a radical program at the expense of studying the bases of its critique. Influential strands of radical criminology like left realism have succumbed to the lure of critical pragmatism. Many critical criminologists have not appreciated the extent to which their favored critical genres are ill-suited to an ethos wracked by uncertainty. Developments within critical criminology.

Reclaiming Critical Criminology: Social Justice and the European Tradition 
RENÉ VAN SWAANINGEN, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
The relevance of the continental European tradition in critical criminology. How did critical criminology develop historically on the European continent? The social and cultural developments which accompanied the heyday of critical criminology in the 1970s. The explanation of the abrupt decline of critical criminology. A reconstruction of critical criminology is proposed.

Critical Criminology, Existential Humanism, and Social Justice: Exploring the Contours of Conceptual Integration - Arrigo B.A., Critical Criminology, Vol 10, Num. 2, 2001.
The relationship between critical criminology and social justice. Existential humanism draws attention to a number of life themes like being and becoming, and redemption is compatible with critical criminology's commitment to radical social change. Concludes with an outline of the implications of a commentary for the future of critical criminology.

Critical Criminology in the Classroom. - Authors: Kramer, Ronald C. 
Abstract: The labeling theory maintains that the way in which criminology concepts are defined influences the questions which are focused upon.

Rethinking critical criminology: A panel discussion 
Rene van Swaaningen, Erasmus University, Ian Taylor, University of Salford.
Report on the panel discussion held at the conclusion of meetings of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control in 1992. Eight panellists debated their different versions of the project of critical criminology.

Rebuilding Utopia? Critical criminology and the difficult road of reconstruction in Latin America 
Carlos Alberto Elbert - Universities of Buenos Aires and, USA, del Litoral, de la Patagonia 
Contemplates the future course of critical criminology in view of current capitalism and its impact on Third World.

Facing Change: New Directions for Critical Criminology in the Early New Millennium? 
Richard Hil - Western Criminology Review 3 (2).
Examines the process of self-reflection that has characterized critical criminology. Narcissistic contemplation has resulted in a range of responses to the study of crime and crime control. Critical criminology has seen changes that have taken it from the bounds of social reaction theory and Marxism to its expression as a project focused on deconstruction. Critical criminology has been left battered by the ebbs and flows of politics. A way forward for critical criminology might be to reconsider its role and to ally itself even more closely with progressive social movements.

Richard Quinney's Journey: The Marxist Dimension - Kevin B. Anderson 
Crime & Delinquency, Vol. 48, No. 2, 232-242 (2002)
The relationship of Richard Quinney's critical criminology to Marxism. His version of critical criminology and the importance in his later work of issues such as existentialism, and Erich Fromm's socialist humanism.

CRITICAL CRIMINOLOGY AND PENAL GUARANTEEISM. Cap. Criminol., Oct. 2005, vol.33, no.4, p.429-444. ISSN 0798-9598. - LEAL SUAREZ, Luisa and GARCIA PIRELA, Adela. 
The objective of the study of Critical Criminology and as a rationalization strategy in punitive control. Certain aspects generated in criminological thought as to the reference to social contract theory for the legitimization of state punitive jurisdiction. Guaranteeism could be seen as contradictory to the critical character of criminology and as a pacifying mechanism in social conflict.

British and U.S. Left Realism: A Critical Comparison 
Walter S. DeKeseredy, Carleton University, Ottawa, Martin D. Schwartz, Ohio University.
Left realism has generated enormous interest and controversy in critical criminology both in North America and in the United Kingdom. Similarities and some deep differences and divisions.

Left Out? The Coverage of Critical Perspectives in Introductory Criminology Textbooks, 1990-1999 - Richard A. Wright - Journal: Critical Criminology, Volume:9.
Measures the average number of pages that the textbooks devote to critical criminology. Recent developments in critical criminology are often omitted from contemporary criminology textbooks.

Erich Fromm and Critical Criminology: Beyond the Punitive Society
Kevin Anderson and Richard Quinney, editors. - Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2000, 176 pp.
Richard Quinney makes more of an effort to connect Fromm’s socialist humanism to critical criminology.

Ian Taylor, Crime in Context: A Critical Criminology of Market Societies 
Barak G. - Source: Critical Criminology, Volume 10, Number 2, 2001, pp. 137-145(9)

The Rise of Critical Criminology - Gresham M. Sykes
The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1973-), Vol. 65, No. 2 (Jun., 1974), pp. 206-213

Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice. - International Social Science Review, Fall-Winter, 2000.