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Module Reading List

Contemporary Theories of Crime and Justice, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Sean Butcher
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Sources of General Use

Blomberg, T.G. Brancale, J.M. Beaver, K.M. and Bales, W.D. eds. 2016. Advancing Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy. Abingdon: Routledge.

Cordella, P. and Siegel, L. eds. 1996. Readings in Contemporary Criminological Theory. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press.

Cote, S. 2002. ed. Criminological Theories: Bridging the Past to the Future. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cullen, F.T. and Wilcox, P. eds. 2013. The Oxford Handbook of Criminological Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Decker, S. H. Wright, K.A. eds. 2018. Criminology and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Henry, S. and Lukas, S.A. eds. 2016. Recent Developments in Criminological Theory: Towards Disciplinary Diversity and Theoretical Integration. Abingdon: Routledge.

Hopkins Burke, R. 2018. An Introduction to Criminological Theory. 5th ed. London: Routledge.

Lilly, J.R. Cullen, F.T. and Ball, R.A. 2018. Criminological Theory: Context and Consequences. 7th ed. London: Sage.

McLaughlin, E. and Newburn, T. eds. 2010. The Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory. London: Sage.

Week Zero: Module Introduction / (Re-)Introducing Criminological Theory

Akers, R.L. Sellers, C.S. and Jennings, W.G. 2016. Criminological Theories: Introduction, Evaluation, and Application. 7th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter One.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Austin, J. 2003. Why criminology is irrelevant. Criminology & Public Policy. 2(3): pp.557-564.

Bernard, T.J. 1990. Twenty years of testing theories: what have we learned and why? Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency27(4): pp.325-347.

Bernard, T.J. and Snipes, J.B. 1996. Theoretical integration in criminology. Crime and Justice20: pp.301-348.

Chamberlain, J.M. 2015. Criminological Theory in Context. London: Sage. Chapter One.

Hauhart, R.C. 2012. Towards a sociology of criminological theory. The American Sociologist43(2): pp.153-171.

Hayward, K. Morrison, K. 2013. Theoretical criminology: a starting point. In: Hale, C. Hayward, K. Wahidin, A. Wincup, E. eds. Criminology. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford Unversity Press. pp.65-97.

Hopkins Burke, R. 2018. An Introduction to Criminological Theory5th ed. London: Routledge. Chapter One. 

McLaughlin, E. and Newburn, T. eds. 2010. The Sage Handbook of Criminological Theory. London: Sage. Introduction.  

Tierney, J. 2009. Criminology: Theory and ContextHarlow: Pearson Education. Chapter One.  

Week Two: Contemporary Theories of Crime in (Critical) Context

Reiner, R. 2007. Law and Order: An Honest Citizen's Guide to Crime and Control. Cambridge: Polity Press. Chapter One.     

Taylor, I. 1999. Crime in Context. Cambridge: Polity Press. Chapter One.     

Week Four: Biosocial Theories

Beaver, K. M., Barnes, J. C. and Boutwell, B. 2015. The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and CriminalityCalifornia: Thousand Oaks

Beaver K.M., Nedelec J.L., da Silva Costa C. and Vidal, M.M. 2015. The future of biosocial criminology. Criminal Justice Studies. 28(1): pp.6–17.

Guy, R. and Chomczyński, P.A. 2018. Bioethics and biosocial criminology: Hurdling the status quo. Ethics, Medicine and Public Health. 7: pp.95-102. 

Larry, R. 2016. Explaining Violence ‐ Towards a Critical Friendship with Neuroscience? Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 46(3): pp.335-356.

Newburn, T. 2017. Criminology. 3rd ed. Oxon: Routledge. (Chapter 7).  

Rafter, N.H. 2006. HJ Eysenck in Fagin’s kitchen: The return to biological theory in 20th-century criminology. History of the Human Sciences 19(4): pp.37–56.

Rafter, N.H., Posick, C. and Rocque, M. 2016. The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime. New York: NYU Press. 

Ratchford, M. and Beaver, K.M. 2009. Neuropsychological Deficits, Low Self-Control, and Delinquent Involvement: Toward a Biosocial Explanation of Delinquency. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 36(2): pp.147-162. 

Rocque, M. and Posick, C. 2017. Paradigm shift or normal science? The future of (biosocial) criminology. Theoretical Criminology21(3): pp.288-303.

Rose, N. 2000. The biology of culpability: Pathological identity and crime control in a biological culture. Theoretical Criminology4(1): pp.5–34.

Schwartz, J.A. Walsh, W. and Beaver, K.M. 2019. The biosocial perspective: A brief overview and potential contributions to criminological theory. In Krohn, M.D. Hendrix, N. Penly Hall, G. and Lizotte, A.J. eds. Handbook on Crime and Deviance. 2nd ed. Cham: Springer. pp.89-111.

Vaske, J.C. 2017. Policy Implications of Biosocial Criminology: An Introduction to the Special Issue. Criminal Justice and Behavior 44(8): pp.989-992. 

Walsh, A. and Beaver, K.M. 2009. Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research. Criminology and Justice Studies Series. New York: Routledge.

Wright, J.P. and Boisvert, D. 2009. What Biosocial Criminology Offers Criminology. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 36(11): pp.47-66.

Wright, J.P. and Cullen, F.T. 2012. The Future of Biosocial Criminology: Beyond Scholars’ Professional Ideology. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 28(3): pp.237-253.

Week Six: Theories of Social Disorganisation

Bursik, R. J. 1988. Social Disorganization and theories of crime and delinquency: problems and prospects. Criminology. 26: pp.519-51.

Kubrin, C.E. and Mioduszewski, M.D. 2019. Social Disorganization Theory: Past, present and future. In Krohn, M.D. Hendrix, N. Penly Hall, G. and Lizotte, A.J. eds. Handbook on Crime and Deviance. 2nd ed. Cham: Springer. pp.197-211.

Kubrin, C.E. and Weitzer, R. 2003. New directions in social disorganization theory. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 40(4): pp.374-402. 

Kubrin, C.E. and Wo, J.C. 2016. Social Disorganization theory’s greatest challenge: linking structural characteristics to crime in socially disorganized communities. In: Piquero, A.R. ed. The Handbook of Criminological Theory. Chichester: Wiley. Chapter 7.

Louderback, E.R. and Sen Roy, S. 2018. Integrating Social Disorganization and routine activity theories and testing the effectiveness of neighbourhood crime watch programmes: case study of Miami-Dade County, 2007-2015. British Journal of Criminology. 58(4): p.968-992. 

Markowitz, F.E. Bellair, P.E. Liska, A.E. and Liu, J. 2001. Extending Social Disorganization theory: modeling the relationships between cohesion, disorder, and fear. Criminology. 39: pp.293-319.

Sampson, R.J. and Groves, W.B. 1989. Community structure and crime: testing Social-Disorganization theory. American Journal of Sociology. 94: pp.774-802.

Sampson, R.J. and Raudenbush, S.W. 1999. Systematic social observation of public spaces: a new look at disorder in urban neighborhoods. American Journal of Sociology. 105: pp.603-51.

Week Eight: Cultural Criminology

Ferrell, J. 1999. Cultural criminology. Annual review of sociology. 25: pp.395-418.

Ferrell, J. 2010. Cultural Criminology: The loose can[n]on. In: McLaughlin, E. Newburn, T. eds. The Sage Handbook of Criminology Theory. London: Sage. Chapter 16.

Ferrell, J. Hayward, K. and Young, J. 2015. Cultural Criminology: An Invitation. London: Sage.  

Ferrell, J. and Ilan, J. 2013. Crime, culture, and everyday life. In: Hale, C. Hayward, K. Wahidin, A. and Wincup, E. eds. Criminology3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 18.

Ferrell, J. and Sanders, C.R. 1995. eds. Cultural Criminology. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press.

Hopkins Burke, R.D. 2007. Moral ambiguity, the schizophrenia of crime and community justice. British Journal of Community Justice. 5(1): pp.43-64. Available at: REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 16/04/2021)  

Hopkins Burke, R.D. 2018. An Introduction to Criminological Theory5th ed. Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 20.    

Jewkes, Y. 2015. Media and Crime3rd ed. London: Sage.

Katz, J. 1988. Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil. New York: Basic Books.

Presdee, M. 2000. Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime. London: Routledge.

Tierney, J. 2009. Criminology: Theory and Context. Harlow: Pearson Education. pp. 355-358.

Zaitch, D. de Leeuw, T. 2010. Fighting with images: The production and consumption of violence among online football supporters. In: Hayward, K. Presdee, M. eds. Framing Crime. Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 11.          

Week 14: Contemporary Theories of Crime Control and Justice in (Critical) Context

Garland, D. 2001. The Culture of Control. Oxford University Press. 

Simon, J. 2007. Governing Through Crime. Oxford University Press.

Week 16: Procedural Justice

Jackson, J. Tyler, T.R. Bradford, B. Taylor, D. and Shiner, M. 2010. Legitimacy and procedural justice in prisons. Prison Service Journal191: pp.4-10.

Murphy, K. 2017. Procedural Justice and its role in promoting voluntary compliance. In: Drahos, P. ed. Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. ANU Press. pp.43-58.   

Sunshine, J. Tyler, T.R. 2003. The Role of Procedural Justice and Legitimacy in Shaping Public Support for Policing. Law & Society. 37: pp.513-548.

Tyler, T.R. 2006. Why People Obey the Law. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 

Tyler, T.R. 2007. Procedural Justice and the Courts. Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges AssociationPaper 217. 

Week 18: Preventive Justice

Ashworth, A. and Zedner, L. 2014. Preventive Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter 1 and 4.      

Tulich, T. Ananian-Welsh, R. Bronitt, S. and Murray, S. 2018. Regulating Preventive Justice: Principle, Policy and Paradox. London: Routledge.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (HT 07/02/2020) 

Tierney, J. 2010. Criminology: Theory and Context3rd ed.Abingdon: Routledge.

Zedner, L. and Ashworth, A. 2019. The Rise of the Preventive State. Annual Review of Criminology. 2:pp.429-450. Available from:

Shute, S. 2018. Rationalising civil preventive orders: opportunities for reform. In: Child, J.J. and Duff, R.A. eds. Criminal Law Reform Now: Proposals and Critique. Hart: Oxon, UK. pp.37-66.

Week 20: Therapeutic Justice

Babb, B.A. and Wexler, D.B. Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. pp.5202-5211 Available at:

Bowen, P. and Whitehead, S. 2016. Problem-solving courts: An evidence review. Centre for Justice Innovation. [Online]. [Accessed 29 March 2021]. Available at:

Ward, J. 2019. Problem-Solving Criminal Justice: Developments in England and Wales. Utrecht Law Review. 14(3): pp.1-18.

Wexler, D.B. and Winick. B.J. 1992. The Potential of Therapeutic Jurisprudence: A New Approach to Psychology and the Law. In: Ogloff, J.R.P. ed. The Law and Psychology: The Broadening of the Discipline. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. pp.211-40.

Winick, B.J. 1997. The jurisprudence of therapeutic jurisprudence. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. 3(1): pp.184-206.

Winick, B.J. 2002. Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Problem-Solving Courts. Fordham Urban Law Journal. 30(3): Article 4.

Winick, B.J. 2013. Problem Solving Courts: Therapeutic Jurisprudence in Practice. In: Weiner, R. and Brank, E.M. eds. Problem Solving Courts. New York: Springer. pp 211-236.   

Week 22: Crime and Justice Theories: Taking Stock

Reading for this week to be confirmed.

This list was last updated on 05/11/2021