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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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
Left Out? The Coverage of Critical Perspectives in Introductory Criminology
Textbooks, 1990-1999 - Richard A. Wright - Journal: Critical
Measures the average number of pages that the textbooks devote to critical criminology.
Recent developments in critical criminology are often omitted from contemporary
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.
Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and
Criminal Justice. - International Social Science Review, Fall-Winter, 2000.