Crime And Criminology, Post-Critical
Criminology, Books 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 class and 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.
Criminology: In Search of Legitimacy - George Pavlich, Univ of Auckland -
Theoretical Criminology, Vol. 3, No. 1, 29-51 (1999).
Although the new criminology
held a mandate to advance novel critical genres, it developed a radical program at the
expense of studying the bases of its critique. By overlooking the latter, influential
strands of radical criminology (e.g. left realism) have
inadvertently succumbed to the lure of an insubstantial critical pragmatism.
Here, critique claims legitimacy
either on the basis of an ability to secure universal emancipation, or increase managerial
efficiency. By not paying sufficient attention to such issues, many critical
criminologists have not appreciated the extent to which their favored critical genres are
ill-suited to an ethos wracked by uncertainty. I refer to developments within critical
Criminology: Social Justice and the European Tradition
RENÉ VAN SWAANINGEN, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
This article seeks to examine the relevance of the continental European tradition in
critical criminology for the theoretical elaboration of criminological theory today. The
first step towards an answer is a rather descriptive one: how did critical criminology
develop historically on the European continent? In the second section, the social and
cultural developments which accompanied the heyday of critical criminology in the 1970s
will be analysed, and an exposé will be given of the spectrum of the different critical
perspectives on the continent. The same cultural sociological line of thought will be
followed in the explanation of the rather abrupt decline of critical criminology shortly
after in the third section. The need for a normative counter-weight to present-day,
managerial political discourse which follows from these analyses also forms the prelude to
a reaffirmation of critical criminology in section four. 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.
Abstract: The relationship between critical criminology and social justice has been well
documented, but efforts to provide a unified theory of social justice that cuts across and
embodies the various strains of critical criminological thought have not been
systematically researched. One useful approach for engaging in such a project comes from
existential humanism, which draws attention to a number of life themes (e.g., the struggle
to be free, being and becoming, redemption) and is compatible with critical criminology's
commitment to radical social change. This article provisionally explores the boundaries of
theoretical synthesis, mindful of those complex issues upon which successful conceptual
integration depends, including definitions, assumptions, domains of inquiry, and modes of
integration. This discussion concludes with an outline of the implications of a commentary
for the future of critical criminology.
Critical Criminology in the Classroom. - Authors: Kramer, Ronald
Abstract: The major objective of the labeling perspective and conflict/power approaches to
teaching college level criminology is to increase student understanding of crime as a
sociological phenomenon. The labeling perspective maintains that the way in which
criminology concepts are defined influences the kinds of questions and issues which are
focused upon. Conflict/power approaches assume that criminality is not a particular
behavior although it is defined as behavior by those who create and administer the
criminal law. The author proposes that criminology teachers can help students understand
the importance of labels and the process of criminalization by organizing an introductory
Rethinking critical criminology: A panel discussion
Rene van Swaaningen, Erasmus University, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ian Taylor, University of Salford, M5 4WT, UK - Journal Crime, Law and Social Change.
Abstract This paper takes the form of a report on the panel discussion held at the
conclusion of the 1992 meetings of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
in Padua in September 1992. In the light of a perceived crisis of relevance for earlier,
1970s notions of critique in criminology, and in the context of a conference dedicated to
the theme of human rights in a uniting Europe, eight panellists from Italy, England, and
Canada via Ireland debated their different versions of the project of critical criminology
in the last years of the twentieth century.
Rebuilding Utopia? Critical criminology and the difficult road of reconstruction
in Latin America
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change
Carlos Alberto Elbert - Universities of Buenos Aires and, USA, del Litoral, de la
Abstract This contribution assesses the developmentof criminology, during the last few
decades, and contemplates the future course of critical criminology in view of
developments in current capitalism, and their impact on ``Third World'' societies.
Facing Change: New Directions for Critical Criminology in the Early New
Richard Hil - Western Criminology Review 3 (2).
Abstract: The following article examines the process of self-reflection that has
characterized critical criminology over recent years. This process of 'narcissistic
contemplation' has resulted in a confused range of responses to the study of crime and crime control. Since 1970s, critical criminology has
been characterised by a range of dramatic and often paradigmatic changes that have taken
it from the bounds of social reaction theory and
Marxism to its contemporary expression as a project focused on deconstruction and governmentality. Critical criminology has
been left battered by the ebbs and flows of politics, history and theory over the past few
decades, and it remains ontologically confronted by the challenge of 'relevance.' A way
forward for critical criminology might be to reconsider its role in relation to the
discipline as a whole and to ally itself even more closely with progressive social
Richard Quinney's Journey: The Marxist Dimension - Kevin B.
Crime & Delinquency, Vol. 48, No. 2, 232-242 (2002)
The relationship of Richard Quinney's critical criminology to Marxism is explored in this
article. The originality of his version of critical criminology is discussed, from its
origins in social constructionism, to his engagement with Marxism in the 1970s, to the
importance in his later work of issues such as existentialism,
Eastern thought, 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,
Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to present some reflections on the
importance of penal guaranteeism as a theoretical-methodological tool in order to approach
the objective of the study of Critical Criminology, and as a rationalization strategy in
punitive control. In this sense certain aspects generated in criminological thought as to
the reference to social contract as a basis for the legitimization of state
punitive jurisdiction. The arguments center around a questioning of certain basic
postulates of guaranteeism that could be seen as contradictory to the critical character
of criminology and within its limitation, 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
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 35, No. 3,
Left realism has generated enormous interest and controversy in critical criminology over
the past several years both in North America and in the United Kingdom. While there are
important similarities between the writings from these countries, there are also some deep
differences and divisions.
Left Out? The Coverage of Critical Perspectives in Introductory Criminology
Textbooks, 1990-1999 - Richard A. Wright
Journal: Critical Criminologyy Volume:9 Issue:1/2 Dated:Autumn 2000 Pages:101 to 122
This article studies the coverage of critical perspectives in 34 introductory criminology
textbooks published from 1990 to 1999.
The article measures the average number of pages that the textbooks devote to critical
criminology and compares the amounts of space the books give to these perspectives. It
assesses the claim that texts that discuss critical perspectives "limit themselves to
ancient intellectual and political battles and a detailed coverage of long discredited
leftist theories." The article confirms that critical/radical perspectives in
general, but in particular recent developments in critical criminology (including critical
feminism, left realism, peacemaking criminology, and postmodern 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,
Richard Quinney makes more of an effort to connect Fromms socialist humanism to
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.
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The American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Critical Criminology and the Academy
of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Section on Critical Criminology:
Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and
Criminal Justice. - Review - book review
International Social Science Review, Fall-Winter, 2000 by Rick A. Matthews
Jeffrey Ian Ross, Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology
and Criminal Justice. Praeger, 1998
Jeffrey Ian Ross notes in the preface to this anthology that the individual contributions
made by the authors are at the "cutting edge of radical/critical criminology and
criminal justice." Overall, neither this statement by Ross nor this title of the book
Cutting the Edge, which is primarily intended for a student audience, contains twelve
chapters and is divided into two sections. The contributors to this volume represent a
good cross-section of those scholars and/or activists working within the radical/critical
tradition, some of whom are distinguished figures within the field of criminology.
In the first section (seven chapters) the authors explore advancements in radical/critical
criminological theory. Collectively, these chapters are cutting edge because the authors
explore theoretical territories which have been neglected within the broader field of
criminology (e.g., demonstrating the potential contributions to criminology of the
sociologist Simmel and the psychoanalyst Lacan).
How did critical criminology develop historically
on the European continent?