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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology


Seventh Edition

Edited by Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra

19 June 2023

ISBN: 9780198860914

1,072 pages

Price: £49.99

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


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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology provides a comprehensive collection of chapters covering the core and emerging topics studied on criminology courses, indispensable to students, academics, and professionals alike.

  • 43 chapters written by over 85 leading academics exploring relevant theory, cutting-edge research, policy developments, and current debates, encouraging students to appreciate the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of criminological discourse
  • Includes detailed references to aid further research
  • Accompanied by online resources providing example essay questions for each chapter, guidance on answering essay questions, links to useful websites, and access to chapters from previous editions
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Chapters updated to reflect recent cases, statistics, and scholarship, as well as significant current events such as Covid-19 and social justice movements.
  • New chapters added presenting research on topical issues including victimology, hate crime, desistance, cybercrime, atrocity crimes, convict criminology, security and smart cities, prison abolitionism, comparative criminology, sex offending, and network criminology.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Alison Liebling, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Cambridge, Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, Queen's University Belfast, and Lesley McAra, Professor 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 Queen's University Belfast and President of the American Society of Criminology. He has previously taught at the University of Manchester and Cambridge University.

Lesley McAra is Professor of Penology in the Law School at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime. A past President of the European Society of Criminology, Lesley was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2018 for services to Criminology, and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.

Table of Contents

    0:Introduction: Renewing our vision, Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
    Part I: Conceptions of Crime and Criminology
    1:Sociological theories of crime, Paul Rock
    2:Criminalization: historical, legal and criminological perspectives, Nicola Lacey and Lucia Zedner
    3:Towards a global comparative criminology, Manuel Eisner
    4:The changing role of data in crime, criminal justice and criminology, Susan McVie and Ben Matthews
    5:Developmental and life-course criminology: an overview, Darrick Jolliffe and Katherine M. Auty
    6:Turning over a new leaf: desistance research for a new generation, Beth Weaver, Hannah Graham, and Shadd Maruna
    7:Urban criminal collaborations, Alistair Fraser and Dick Hobbs
    8:Drug use, drug problems, and drug control: a political economy perspective, Toby Seddon and Alex Stevens
    9:Mental health, mental disabilities, and crime, Ailbhe O Loughlin and Jill Peay
    10:Public opinion, crime, and criminal justice, Mike Hough and Julian V. Roberts
    11:Crime news, trial by media, and scandal hunting, Chris Greer and Eugene McLaughlin
    Part II: Critical Contemporary Issues
    12:Criminology and atrocity crimes, Andy Aydin-Aitchison, Mirza Buljubasic, and Barbora Holá
    13:Contagion and connections: applying network thinking to violence and organised crime, Paolo Campana
    14:Demystifying hate crime in an age of crises, Neil Chakraborti and Amy Clarke
    15:Ethnicities, racism, crime, and criminal justice, Coretta Phillips, Ben Bowling, and Alpa Parmar
    16:Where is 'victimology' in an era of #MeToo?, Adrian Grounds, Maria Ttofi, and Lidia Puigvert
    17:Feminist criminology: inequalities, powerlessness, and justice, Michele Burman and Loraine Gelsthorpe
    18:Domestic violence, David Gadd
    19:Prostitution and sex work, Jo Phoenix
    20:Understanding and rehabilitating men with sexual convictions: theory, intervention, and compassion, Belinda Winder and Nick Blagden
    21:Cybercrime: a social ecology, Ben Collier and Alice Hutchings
    22:White-collar and corporate crime  , Michael Levi and Nicholas Lord
    23:Social harm and zemiology , Victoria Canning, Paddy Hillyard, and Steve Tombs
    24:Green criminology , Avi Brisman and Nigel South
    25:Crime and consumer culture, Keith Hayward and Oliver Smith
    Part III: Security, Policing, and Prevention: Visions of Justice
    26:Security and everyday life in uncertain times, Ian Loader, Richard Sparks, Ben Bradford, Ryan Casey, Evi Girling, and Gosia Polanska
    27:Crime prevention as urban security, Adam Crawford, Susan Donkin, and Christine A. Weirich
    28:Security and smart cities, Ben Bradford and Pete Fussey
    29:Policing and the police, Trevor Jones, Tim Newburn, and Robert Reiner
    30:Making and managing terrorism and counter-terrorism: the view from criminology, Martin Innes and Michael Levi
    31:Understanding penal decision-making: courts, sentencing and parole, Nicky Padfield and Cyrus Tata
    32:Youth justice in an age of uncertainty: principles, performance, and prospects, Lesley McAra
    33:Restorative justice in the twenty-first century: making emotions mainstream, Meredith Rossner
    34:Punishment, victimhood, and social control: towards a criminology of transitional justice, Kieran McEvoy, Ron Dudai, and Cheryl Lawther
    Part IV: Punishment and the Penal State
    35:The punishment-welfare relationship: history, sociology, and politics, David Garland
    36:Criminology, punishment, and the state in a globalized society, Katja Franko
    37:Border criminology and the changing nature of penal power, Mary Bosworth
    38:Reconfiguring and reimagining penal power, Ben Crewe and Alison Liebling
    39:Punishment in the community: evolution, expansion, and moderation, Gwen Robinson and Fergus McNeill
    40:Why prison architecture and design matter to our understanding of the limits of punishment and rehabilitation, Yvonne Jewkes
    41: 'Hounding power into a corner': prison abolitionism in England and Wales, Joe Sim
    42:Convict criminology without guarantees: proposing hard labour for an unfinished criminology, Rod Earle, Danica Darley, Bill Davies, David Honeywell, and Ed Schreeche-Powell
    43:Criminological engagements, Alison Liebling, Fergus McNeill, and Bethany E. Schmidt


"The Handbook has long been essential for me, both as a student and a teacher. The new edition is every bit as significant as its predecessors - the updates that have been made are exciting and ensure that it retains its relevance." - Dr Daniel Newman, Reader, Cardiff School of Law, Politics and International Relations

"An excellent textbook for any Criminology or Criminal Justice programme, with renowned academics in the field providing depth and critical awareness of theoretical approaches and policy developments for understanding contemporary issues." - Jenny Johnstone, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Law School

"The Oxford Handbook has been a rock-solid institition in our field since its first publication. This new edition showcases its vibrancy with a vision for criminology in the 21st century."

"Leading scholars, riveting research, rousing writing. With many chapters to stretch our thinking, this 7th edition underlines the need for a socially transformative criminology."

"A definitive guide to scholarship across a wide range of subject areas, including cutting-edge topics like cybercrime research, convict criminology, and border criminology. Highly recommended."

"The new Handbook, which covers an extraordinary variety of themes, will be invaluable for students and academics alike."

"Building on the success of previous editions, this new volume provides some of the best and most influential scholarship within British Criminology. An indispensable resource for those studying, researcing or working in the rapidly developing field of Criminology."

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The seventh edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

  • The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with functionality tools, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • The accompanying online resources include essay questions for each chapter, links to useful websites, and access to chapters from previous editions.

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