International Handbook of Criminology

International Handbook of Criminology

International Handbook of Criminology

International Handbook of Criminology


A substantive guide to state of the art research and theory, the International Handbook of Criminology completes an esteemed trilogy of comparative analyses and insight from worldwide experts. Exploring a phenomenon that penetrates cultures of all racial, ethnic, and social classes, this volume continues in the tradition of its predecessors in the series by updating research on longstanding issues and offering perspectives into new problems and trends.

Topics in this volume include:

  • the etiology of crime
  • historical antecedents of contemporary responses to crime
  • life course criminology
  • the basis for comparative research in criminal justice
  • sources and strategies for knowledge acquisition in criminology
  • specific forms of crime and criminal behavior, including environmental, sex-related, and financial
  • responses to crime, including technological, societal, and policy-related
  • crime issues related to social divisions.
  • Assembling the works of leading criminologists in Europe, the Americas, the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and Australasia, this volume reflects the need for a re-evaluation of the field of criminology in response to the changing theoretical framework that has occurred in recent years. In doing so, it further elevates the level of discourse and sets the stage for innovative research projects and solutions.

    Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Victimology and the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.


    The study of crime and the response to crime has become international. Judging by the increase of books and articles concerning “transnational” crimes, the effects of “globalization,” and the “internationalization” of response, international criminology has emerged. This field has seen developments in theoretical frameworks, methods of inquiry, and policy responses.

    The International Handbook of Criminology seeks to provide a substantive guide to essential and emerging issues. It brings together leading criminologists from centers of criminological study in Europe, the Americas, the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and Australasia. The nations represented by contributors include Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, the Philippines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The contributors renew important debates, identify emerging issues, and explain the implications of recent trends. Collectively, the chapters engaged in comparative and international criminology.

    The chapters are divided into five sections. Section I deals with theoretical and historical frameworks. In this section, Ken Pease provides an introduction to crime science, Neil Davie examines the legacy of biological theories, Arjan A. J. Blokland and Paul Nieuwbeerta discuss life course criminology, and David Nelken addresses comparative criminal justice. Section II concerns methods of inquiry. Heidi Mork Lomell explores the politics of crime statistics, Albert Bell examines strategies for examining subcultures, Madelaine Adelman provides an anthropological understanding of the importance of context in the study of domestic violence, and Marcelo F. Aebi explains methodological issues in cross-national comparisons of crime.

    Sections III and IV discuss crimes of special interest and aspects of the response to crime. Rob White takes up transnational and environmental harm, Joachim Obergfell-Fuchs addresses perpetrators and victims of sexual offenses, Michael Levi examines financial crimes in comparative context, and Filomin C. Gutierrez provides an in-depth look at “the criminal” in early twentieth-century Philippines. Murray Lee explores affluence and disadvantage in relation to fear of crime, Clive Norris looks into surveillance in society and the rise of closed-circuit television, Chris Grover explains the links between crime and social policy, Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik critique media representations of crime and gender, Megan O’Neill analyzes the police function, and Rossella Selmini explains crime prevention across Europe.

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