Comparative Criminology

Comparative Criminology : An Annotated Bibliography

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This is the first comprehensive bibliography that deals with comparative criminology and other signficant works in the field dating from the 1960s. The guide covers 500 studies on crime, law, and social control in two or more cultures. The volume is organized into three main sections: meaning and measurement in criminology, cross-national crime rates, and social control and penal policies. The work is intended for students, for scholars and professionals, and for all researchers concerned with criminal justice studies around the world. The bibliography includes a preface, eleven chapters on topics of major importance, appendices, and author and subject indexes. The chapters deal with general issues in comparative criminology, cross-national data, perceptions of crime, violent crime, crimes against property, economic and political crime, transnational corporate crime, correlates of crime, underdevelopment and modernization, social control and dispute resolution, and criminal justice and penal policies. The appendices point to useful sources for further research. In addition, a full author and subject index is provided.
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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 11.18mm | 399.16g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0313265720
  • 9780313265723

Table of contents

Preface Meaning and Measurement in Comparative Criminology General Issues in Comparative Criminology Cross-National Data Perceptions of Crime Cross-National Crime Rates Violent Crime Crimes Against Property Economic and Political Crime Transnational Corporate Crime Correlates of Crime: Age, Class, Gender and Race Underdevelopment and Modernization Social Control and Criminal Justice Social Control and Dispute Resolution Criminal Justice and Penal Policies Appendix A: Lists of Countries in Cross-National Data Sets Appendix B: Lists of United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute Publications and Staff Papers Appendix C: Addresses of United Nations Regional Institutes for Crime Prevention Appendix D: Miscellaneous Research Aids Author Index Subject Index
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"The compilers define "comparative criminology" as the systematic study of crime, law, and social control in two or more cultures, noting that this aspect of criminology has previously been ignored. Ideally, theories should be tested under as many varied conditions as possible; but during the past decade, criminologists have realized that most existing criminal theory is limited to only a few Western countries. In addition, US dominance of criminal theory has been challenged by researchers in Canada, New Zealand, Africa, Latin America, and Western Europe. Confronted with rising crime, criminologists feel a strong need to share and learn from one another. This current interest in comparative crime justifies the bibliography, which includes journal articles, books, chapters, proceedings, and unpublished papers from 1960 to the present, in English. Citations are grouped into three broad areas: meaning and measurement in comparative criminology; cross-national crime rates; and social control and criminal justice. The 500 entries are numbered and arranged alphabetically by authors' last names within chapters. Each has a descriptive annotation, and some include cross-references. Appendixes contain a register of countries in cross-national data sets, lists of UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute publications and staff papers, and miscellaneous research aids. The book concludes with author and subject indexes. The bibliography is a basic contribution and should be an impetus to further research in the field. It is recommended for sociology and criminal justice collections at both undergraduate and graduate levels."-Choice "For research into works in comparative criminology, this is one of the best places to begin the search."-ARBA ?For research into works in comparative criminology, this is one of the best places to begin the search.?-ARBA ?The compilers define "comparative criminology" as the systematic study of crime, law, and social control in two or more cultures, noting that this aspect of criminology has previously been ignored. Ideally, theories should be tested under as many varied conditions as possible; but during the past decade, criminologists have realized that most existing criminal theory is limited to only a few Western countries. In addition, US dominance of criminal theory has been challenged by researchers in Canada, New Zealand, Africa, Latin America, and Western Europe. Confronted with rising crime, criminologists feel a strong need to share and learn from one another. This current interest in comparative crime justifies the bibliography, which includes journal articles, books, chapters, proceedings, and unpublished papers from 1960 to the present, in English. Citations are grouped into three broad areas: meaning and measurement in comparative criminology; cross-national crime rates; and social control and criminal justice. The 500 entries are numbered and arranged alphabetically by authors' last names within chapters. Each has a descriptive annotation, and some include cross-references. Appendixes contain a register of countries in cross-national data sets, lists of UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute publications and staff papers, and miscellaneous research aids. The book concludes with author and subject indexes. The bibliography is a basic contribution and should be an impetus to further research in the field. It is recommended for sociology and criminal justice collections at both undergraduate and graduate levels.?-Choice
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About Professor Piers Beirne

PIERS BEIRNE is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Criminology: An Introduction (1991), Revolution in Law: Contributions to the Development of Soviet Legal Theory, 1917-1938 (1990), and Marxism and Law, (1982), among other works.



JOAN HILL is a graduate of the Criminology Program at the University of Southern Maine.
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