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Title: History of critical criminology in Australia
Contributor(s): Carrington, Kerry (author); Hogg, Russell G (author)
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11636
Abstract: Those working in the critical criminology tradition have been centrally concerned with the social construction, variability and contingency of the criminal label. The concern is no less salient to a consideration of critical criminology itself, and any history of critical criminology (in Australia or elsewhere) should aim itself to be critical in this sense. The point applies with equal force to both of the terms 'critical' and 'criminology'. The want of a stable theoretical object has meant that criminology itself needs to be seen not as a distinct discipline but as a composite intellectual and governmental hybrid, a field of studies that overlaps and intersects many others (sociology, law, psychology, history, anthropology, social work, media studies and youth studies to name only a few). In consequence, much of the most powerful work on subjects of criminological inquiry is undertaken by scholars who do not necessarily define themselves as criminologists first and foremost, or at all. For reasons that should later become obvious this is even more pronounced in the Australian context. Although we may appear at times to be claiming such work for criminology, our purpose is to recognize its impact on and in critical criminology in Australia.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, p. 46-60
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780203864326
9780415779678
Field of Research (FOR): 160204 Criminological Theories
189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
180119 Law and Society
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
Other Links: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/151402124
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415779678/
Series Name: Routledge International Handbooks
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