The Oxford handbook of the history of crime and criminal justice

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  • The historical study of crime has become a rapidly expanding area of both social history and criminology during the past few decades. Indeed, the history of crime is more relevant than ever for scholars seeking to address contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice, and for historians trying to understand the nature of crime and criminal justice in past societies. The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice provides a systematic and comprehensive examination of recent developments across both fields. The aim is to further exchange between scholars working on crime and criminal justice from different disciplines. The chapters examine existing research, explain ongoing debates and controversies, and point to new areas of interest, covering topics such as crime in its social context, criminal law and courts, police and policing, and the rise of criminology as a field. This handbook also analyzes some of the most pressing criminological issues of our time, including drug trafficking, terrorism, and the intersections of gender, race, and class in the context of crime and punishment. The definitive volume on the history of crime, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of criminology, criminal justice, and legal history.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • The historiography of crime and criminal justice / Paul Lawrence -- The crime historian's modi operandi / Barry Godfrey -- Long-term trends in crime : continuity and change / Marcelo F. Aebi and Antonia Linde -- Geography of crime : urban and rural environments / Catherine Denys -- Histories of interpersonal violence in Europe and North America, 1700-present / Richard McMahon -- Ideas and practices of prostitution around the world / Magaly Rodríguez García -- Forms of crime : crime and retail theft / Tammy Whitlock -- A brief history of the underworld and organized crime, c. 1750-1950 / Heather Shore -- Terrorism and its policing : anarchists and the era of propaganda by the deed, 1870s-1914 / Constance Bantman -- Dreams and nightmares : drug trafficking and the history of international crime / Paul Knepper -- Violence and masculinity / Joachim Eibach -- Women and crime, 1750-2000 / Manon van der Heijden -- Policing minorities / Margo de Koster and Herman Reinke -- Black women, criminal justice, and violence / Kali N. Gross -- Crime news and the press / John Carter Wood -- Crime, criminology, and the crime genre / Gray Cavender and Nancy Jurik -- Contested spaces : On crime museums, monuments and memorials / Per Jørgen Ystehede -- A historical perspective on crime fiction in Mexico during the middle decades of the twentieth century / Pablo Piccato -- The rise of criminology in its historical context / Pieter Spierenburg -- Criminal minds : psychiatry, psychopathology and the government of criminality / Stephen Garton -- Continuity and change : Russian and Early Soviet criminology and the criminal woman / Sharon A. Kowalsky -- Policing before the police in the eighteenth century : British perspectives in a European context / David G. Barrie -- The origins of modern policing / Mark Finnane -- Detectives and forensic science : the professionalization of police detection / Haia Shpayer-Makov -- Police-public relations : interpretations of policing and democratic governance / Anja Johansen -- Crime and policing in wartime / Clive Emsley -- The role of popular justice in U.S. history / Elizabeth Dale -- Popular dramas between transgression and order : criminal trials and their publics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in global perspective / Daniel Siemens -- Mercy and parole in Anglo-American criminal justice systems, from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century / Carolyn Strange -- Histories of crime and criminal justice and the historical analysis of criminal law / Markus D. Dubber -- The death penalty / Randall McGowen -- The rise and fall of penal transportation / Hamish Maxwell-Stewart -- The mad, the bad and the pauper : help and control in early modern carceral institutions / Sandra Scicluna -- Histories of the modern prison : renewal, regression and expansion / Michael Meranze
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