The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology

Szerkesztő(k): Sophie Body-Gendrot, Mike Hough, Klára Kerezsi, René Lévy and Sonja SnackenThe Routledge Handbook of European Criminology
Kiadás helye: New York
Kiadó: Routledge
Kiadás éve: 2014
ISBN: 978-0-415-68584-9
Oldalszám: 550
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This new book brings together some of the leading criminologists across Europe, to showcase the best of European criminology. The Handbook aims to reflect the range and depth of current work in Europe, and to counterbalance the impact of the – sometimes insular and ethnocentric – Anglo-American criminological tradition. The end-product is a collection of twenty-eight chapters illustrating a truly comparative and interdisciplinary European criminology.

The editors have assembled a cast of leading voices to reflect on differences and commonalities, elaborate on theoretically grounded comparisons and reflect on emerging themes in criminology in Europe. After the editors’ introduction, the book is organised into the three parts:
• five chapters offering historical, theoretical and policy-oriented overviews of European issues in crime and crime control,
• seven chapters looking at different dimensions of crime in Europe, including crime trends, state crime, gender and crime and urban safety,
• fifteen chapters examining the variety of institutional responses, exploring issues such as policing, juvenile justice, punishment, sentencing, trust in justice, media and crime, drugs, terrorism, immigration and data-processing.

This book gives some indication of the richness and scope of the emerging comparative European criminology. It will be required reading for anyone who wants to understand trends in crime and its control across Europe. It will be a valuable teaching resource, especially at postgraduate level, as well as an important reference point for researchers and scholars of criminology across Europe. 

Sophie Body-Gendrot is Professor Emeritus at University Paris-Sorbonne and a researcher at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur le Droit et les Institutions Pénales (CESDIP–CNRS–French Ministry of Justice).

Mike Hough is Professor of Criminal Policy, and Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck College, London, UK.

Klára Kerezsi is Senior Advisor and Senior Researcher at the National Institute of Criminology and Associate Professor at ELTE University, Hungary.

René Levy is Senior Researcher Director at CNRS, France, and Director of the Groupe Européen de Recherches sur les Normativités (GERN).

Sonja Snacken is Professor of Criminology at the Free University, Brussels.



Introduction 1


European issues on crime and crime control 21

2 Globalisation and criminal justice trends in Italy 23

David Nelken

3 A history of crime and criminal justice in Europe 38

Xavier Rousseaux

4 Is there such a thing as a European crime control policy? 55

Klára Kerezsi

5 Surveys on victimisation and insecurity in Europe: some issues 74

René Zauberman

6 Criminal law and human rights: A paradoxical relationship 91

Françoise Tulkens and Michel van de Kerchove



Variations in crime: description and explanations 107

7 It is not just the economy: towards an alternative explanation of post-World War II crime trends in Western world 109

Jan van Dijk

8 State crime: the European experience 125

Susanne Karstedt

9 Organised and transnational crime in Europe 154

Vincenzo Ruggiero

10 Collective criminalization of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe: social causes, circumstances, consequences 168

Margit Feischmidt, Kristóf Szombati and Péter Szuhay

11 Gender and crime in Europe 188

Loraine Gelsthorpe and Elena Larrauri

12 The informal economy in Europe 204

Dominique Boels, Antoinette Verhage and Paul Ponsaers

13 Place, space and urban (in)security 222

Sophie Body-Gendrot



Variations in institutional responses and possible explanations 241

14 Trust in justice and the legitimacy of legal authorities: topline findings from a European comparative study 243

Mike Hough, Jonathan Jackson and Ben Bradford

15 Media and crime: a comparative analysis of crime news in the UK, Norway and Italy 266

Rinella Cere, Yvonne Jewkes and Thomas Ugelvik

16 Political economy and penal systems 280

Michael Cavadino and James Dignan

17 Imprisonment and penal demands: exploring the dimensions and drivers of systemic and attitudinal punitivity 295

Tapio Lappi-Seppälä

18 Changes in criminal law in German late modernity 337

Fritz Sack and Christina Schlepper

19 Police and policing in Europe: centralization, pluralisation, Europeanization 353

René Lévy

20 Crime prevention and public safety in Europe: challenges for comparative criminology 368

Adam Edwards, Gordon Hughes and Nicholas Lord

21 European sentencing practices 385

Sonja Snacken, Dirk van Zyl Smit and Kristel Beyens

22 Community sanctions 409

Ioan Durnescu

23 Prisons and punishment in Europe 422

Sonja Snacken, Aline Bauwens, Dirk van Zyl Smit, Hanne Tournel and Rudy Machiels

24 Juvenile justice in Europe: between continuity and change 453

Francis Bailleau and Yves Cartuyvels

25 Drugs legislation: European drug policies or drug policies in Europe? 470

Krysztof Krajewski

26 The terrorist threat before and after 9/11: what has changed in Europe 485

Stefano Caneppele

27 The borders of the European Union and the processes of criminalization of migrants 499

Dario Melossi

28 Practices and modes of transatlantic data-processing: from sorting countries to sorting individuals? 514

Rocco Bellanova and Paul De Hert