Irish Handbook of Criminology published

Hot of the press-  the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology is the first edited collection of its kind to bring together the work of leading Irish criminologists in a single volume. While Irish criminology can be characterised as a nascent but dynamic discipline, it has much to offer the Irish and international reader due to the unique historical, cultural, political, social and economic arrangements that exist on the island of Ireland.

The Handbook consists of 30 chapters, which offer original, comprehensive and critical reviews of theory, research, policy and practice in a wide range of subject areas. The chapters are divided into four thematic sections:

  1. Understanding crime examines specific offence types, including homicide, gangland crime and white-collar crime, and the theoretical perspectives used to explain them.
  2. Responding to crime explores criminal justice responses to crime, including crime prevention, restorative justice, approaches to policing and trial as well as post-conviction issues such as imprisonment, community sanctions and rehabilitation.
  3. Contexts of crime investigates the social, political and cultural contexts of the policymaking process, including media representations, politics, the role of the victim and the impact of gender.
  4. Emerging ideas focuses on innovative ideas that prompt a reconsideration of received wisdom on particular topics, including sexual violence and ethnicity

Charting the key contours of the criminological enterprise on the island of Ireland and placing the Irish material in the context of the wider European and international literature, this book is essential reading for those involved in the study of Irish criminology and international and comparative criminal justice.


Foreword, Michael Tonry Introduction, Claire Hamilton and Deirdre Healy I. Understanding Crime 1. Crime Trends, Sara Parsons 2. Homicide, Sarah Skedd 3. Understanding Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Prevalence, Policy and Practice, Stephanie Holt and John Devaney 4. Plus Ca Change: While Collar and Corporate Crime In and After the Crisis, Ciaran McCullagh 5. Cybercrime in Ireland: Towards a Research Agenda, TJ McIntyre 6. Crime, Conflict and Poverty, Siobhan McAllister and Deirdre Healy7. Gang and Gang-related Activity, Niamh Hourigan 8. State Crime, Elaine Byrne, Kristian Lasslett and Bill Rolston 9. Desistance, Recidivism and Reintegration: Understanding change and continuity in criminal careers, Deirdre Healy II. Responding to Crime 10. Crime Prevention and Community Safety,Matt Bowden and John Topping 11. Restorative Justice, Kieran O’Dwyer and Brian Payne 12. Children, Crime and Justice, Una Convery and Mairead Seymour 13. Trajectories of Policing in Ireland: Similarities, Differences, Convergences, Aogan Mulcahy 14. The Criminal Justice Process: From Questioning to Trial, Yvonne Daly and John Jackson 15. Sentencing, Niamh Maguire 16. Community Sanctions and Measures, Nicola Carr 17. Prisoners and Prison Life, Michelle Butler 18. Prison Education and Rehabilitation: What Works?, Cormac Behan and Jackie Bates-Gaston III. Contexts of Crime 19. The Inclusion and Juridification of Victims on the Island of Ireland, Shane Kilcommins and Luke Moffett20. Media, Public Attitudes and Crime, Lynsey Black 21. Illicit Drugs, Criminal Justice and Harm Reduction: Getting the Balance Right, Johnny Connolly and Andrew Percy 22. The Policymaking Process and Penal Change, Mary Rogan 23. Penal Policy in Comparative Perspective: Notes from a Small Country, Claire Hamilton 24. Criminal Justice Policy and the European Union, Andrea Ryan and Claire Hamilton 25. Neoliberalism, Crime and Punishment, Barry Vaughan 26. Women, Imprisonment and Social Control, Christina Quinlan IV. Emerging Ideas 27. Hindsight, Foresight and Historical Judgement: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church, Marie Keenan 28. Mental Illness and the Criminalisation Process, Damien Brennan 29. Organised Crime, Liz Campbell 30. Ethnicity, Identity and Criminal Justice, Denis Bracken Afterword, Shadd Maruna and Kieran McEvoy.

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