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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

Sixth Edition

Edited by Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra

18 May 2017

ISBN: 9780198719441

1,056 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

With contributions from leading authorities, this is the definitive guide to current criminological theory, research, and policy.



The Oxford Handbook of Criminology provides an authoritative collection of chapters covering the core and emerging topics studied on criminology courses. With contributions from leading academics, the Handbook is the definitive guide to the discipline.

  • The most comprehensive and authoritative single volume guide to criminology
  • Brings together contributions from leading academics detailing the relevant theory, recent research, policy developments, and current debates, enabling students to fully appreciate the diverse array of viewpoints in criminological discourse
  • Includes detailed references enabling readers to further research the topics discussed
  • Features an extensive online resource centre providing additional teaching and learning materials for both students and lecturers

New to this edition

  • This edition sees a new editorial team of leading criminology scholars edit the Handbook: Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna and Lesley McAra.
  • Extensively revised, the sixth edition features new chapters including: zemiology; green criminology; domestic violence; prostitution and sex work; penal populism; and the significance of globalisation for criminology.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Alison Liebling, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Cambridge, Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester, and Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology, University of Edinburgh

Alison Liebling is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. She has attracted research fellowships from Trinity Hall, Leverhulme and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Shadd Maruna is Professor of Criminology at the University of Manchester. His book Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives was named 'Outstanding Contribution to Criminology' by the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in 2001. He received the inaugural Research Medal from the Howard League for Penal Reform in 2012 and the Hans Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology in 2014.

Lesley McAra is Chair of Penology at the University of Edinburgh. In 2013, Lesley was joint winner of the Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal and in 2014 she was invited to give the Apex Annual Lecture in which she set out her vision for justice in modern Scotland.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: the new vision, Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
    Part 1: Constructions of crime and justice
    1:The foundations of sociological theories of crime, Paul Rock
    2:Criminalization: historical, legal and criminological perspectives, Nicola Lacey and Lucia Zedner
    3:Punishment and welfare: social problems and social structures, David Garland
    4:Penal populism and epistemic crime control, Ian Loader and Richard Sparks
    5:Political economy, crime, and criminal justice, Robert Reiner
    6:Delivering more with less: austerity and the politics of law and order, Rod Morgan and David J. Smith
    7:Crime data and criminal statistics: a critical reflection, Mike Maguire and Susan McVie
    8:Ethnicities, racism, crime, and criminal justice, Coretta Phillips and Ben Bowling
    9:Feminist criminology: inequalities, powerlessness, and justice, Michele Burman and Loraine Gelsthorpe
    10:Public opinion, crime, and criminal justice, Mike Hough and Julian V. Roberts
    11:News power, crime, and media justice, Chris Greer and Eugene McLaughlin
    12:Social harm and zemiology, Paddy Hillyard and Steve Tombs
    13:Crime and consumer culture, Keith Hayward and Oliver Smith
    14:Green criminology, Avi Brisman and Nigel South
    Part 2: Borders, boundaries, and beliefs
    15:Criminology, punishment and the state in a globalized society, Katja Franko
    16:Border criminology and the changing nature of penal power, Mary Bosworth
    17:Criminology and transitional justice, Kieran McEvoy, Ron Dudai and Cheryl Lawther
    18:Rethinking comparative criminal justice, David Nelken
    19:Understanding state crime, Penny Green and Tony Ward
    20:Making and managing terrorism and counter-terrorism: the view from criminology, Martin Innes and Michael Levi
    21:Religion, crime, and violence, Simon Cottee
    22:Character, circumstances, and the causes of crime: towards an analytical criminology, Per-Olof H. Wikström
    23:Crime and city: urban encounters, civility, and tolerance, Jon Bannister and John Flint
    24:Prison architecture and design: perspectives from criminology and carceral geography, Yvonne Jewkes and Dominique Moran
    Part 3: Dynamics of crime and violence
    25:Interpersonal violence on the British Isles, 1200 - 2016, Manuel Eisner
    26:Urban criminal collaborations, Alistair Fraser and Dick Hobbs
    27:Developmental and life-course criminology: innovations, impacts, and applications, Lesley McAra and Susan McVie
    28:Mental health, mental disabilities, and crime, Jill Peay
    29:Domestic violence, David Gadd
    30:Prostitution and sex work, Jo Phoenix
    31:Drugs: consumption, addiction, and treatment, Toby Seddon
    32:White-collar and corporate crime, Michael Levi and Nicholas Lord
    33:Desistance from crime and implications for offender rehabilitation, Joanna Shapland and Anthony Bottoms
    Part 4: Responses to crime
    34:Policing and the police, Trevor Jones, Tim Newburn and Robert Reiner
    35:Crime prevention and community safety, Adam Crawford and Karen Evans
    36:Principles, pragmatism, and prohibition: explaining continuity and change in British drug policy, Alex Stevens
    37:Sentencing, Andrew Ashworth and Julian V. Roberts
    38:Punishment in the community: evolution, expansion, and moderation, Gwen Robinson and Fergus McNeill
    39:Reconfiguring penal power, Ben Crewe and Alison Liebling
    40:Marketizing criminal justice, Amy Ludlow
    41:Youth justice, Lesley McAra
    42:Restorative justice in the 21st century: making emotions mainstream, Meredith Rossner
    43:Criminological engagements, Alison Liebling, Fergus McNeill and Bethany E. Schmidt


"Edited by three leading criminological scholars, this impressive collection boasts research from each field's experts. I have no doubt the Handbook will continue to be the 'go to' textbook for teaching criminology." - Professor Kevin Haines, Director, Institute of Criminology, University of Trinidad and Tobago

"A seminal work that provides readers at all levels with the complete package; The Oxford Handbook of Criminology cannot be beaten." - Louis Martin, Senior Lecturer in Law, Staffordshire University

"Still the most definitive source on criminological research." - Dr Daniel McCarthy, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Surrey

"Combines depth of knowledge with breadth of coverage; the go-to source in criminology." - Dr Claire Fox, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Manchester

"Unique chapters from leading experts in their fields provide research that can't be found anywhere else." - Dr Gareth Norris, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Aberystwyth University

Additional Resources

An extensive online resource centre includes selected chapters from previous editions, essay questions for each chapter, web links to aid further research, and guidance on how to answer essay questions.

For further insight into criminology, visit Alison Liebling on Twitter at @AlisonLiebling, and Shadd Maruna at @@criminology.

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