Whither European Criminology?
Fifteen years ago, the European Society of Criminology was little more than a glimmer in a few peoples’ eyes. In material terms it has been a huge success. It survived. It will have its fourteenth annual meeting in Prague in September. In 2013 more than 1000 participants came to Budapest. The ESC’s publications, the European Journal of Criminology and Criminology in Europe, have been more successful that was reasonable to expect. The EJC is ranked in the top quarter of scholarly journals in its field. CinE is the envy of criminology societies world-wide.Read more..
Social unrest in a range of large European cities over the last decade has reignited public and sociological debate about new and old social divisions. Explanatory frameworks for social unrest engage with current debates about social class, ethnicity, and masculinity, often centred on young men in deprived neighbourhoods setting fire to cars or attacking police officers (Dikec, 2007). A number of scholars have also turned to the British historian E. P. Thompson’s concept of ‘moral economy’ to come to terms with a situation characterized by ‘class struggle without classes’ (Thompson, 1991). It was invented to describe bread riots in an 18th Century, pre-capitalist country, and now seems curiously applicable to contemporary riots. The crucial element is the focus on shared conceptions of entitlements and obligations within in the local community.Read more
Almost a year has passed since the ‘Balkan Criminology’ project became operational, and it seems justified to draw the ESC community’s attention to the changing criminological landscape of the Balkans, which still is, though constantly evolving, ‘in many ways marginal in comparison to Western European criminology’.Read more
Since its establishment during the emergence of industrial society in Europe, the discipline of criminology has been aiming to solve immediate issues concerning crime in society. Criminology has from its early beginnings been an intimate part of the establishment of the welfare states and served its need for more knowledge (Garland, 1985, Willrich, 2003). Read more
At its last meeting, the ESC Executive Board accepted a new Working Group whose members met for the first time during the Budapest Conference. This Group aims to build a forum for scientific debate on how criminal legislative decisions are taken and how they could be improved.Read more