Penal state and penal international community
In my first presidential message, I called for more attention to be given within criminology to the crimes for which the most powerful are responsible, particularly state sponsored violent crimes. I also called for strengthening the cooperation of criminologists worldwide and for sharing our experiences about how to make the voice of criminologists heard, in both professional discourses on policy and public discourses on crime. In this message, let me pick up this thread once again.Read more..
Stan Cohen died on Monday, January 7th. In accordance to Jewish traditions, the funeral took place already Thursday that week, at Edgwarebury Cemetery, near London. Here there were warm words from oldest daughter, granddaughter and a brother,— and from friend and colleague Laurie Taylor. A farewell to the man, but not to his ideas.Read more
Criminologists are used to think about economic crises in terms of rising crime rates. As unemployment increases, so should crime figures; pressures on small businesses push up fraud and white collar crime, while large businesses and banks are identified at least as drivers, if not as perpetrators with criminal intent behind the crisis.Read more
European criminology is changing. Whereas in the past one tended to remain in his or her native country, where the access to information on job openings is much easier, the mobility among young European scholars of all disciplines, with criminology among them, is growing.Read more
I am grateful for the invitation to offer a few thoughts on the relationship between European and American criminology, especially as reflected in the work of our respective professional organizations and their many scholars. As President of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in 2012, I had the pleasure of encouraging and witnessing considerable interaction with the European Society of Criminology (ESC). In this essay, I provide recent data on trends in inter-society interaction and then discuss what I see as some of the larger intellectual questions that criminologists might profitably address from a comparative perspective.Read more