Criminology In Europe

Newsletter of the European Society of Criminology


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  • Message from the President

Keeping the ESC Small in Spirit and Warm in Heart

Hooray! The European Society of Criminology is well established, economically viable, a basic part of the annual calendars of criminologists world-wide, and likely to be around for a long time.

If we’re not careful the ESC will evolve into another soulless organization that runs anomic, perfunctory annual meetings. At the end of this article I discuss some things I’m going to propose the ESC do to reduce the odds of that happening. First, though, I reminisce a bit about the ESC’s beginnings and explain why I believe we should work hard to keep it the special organization it has so far managed to be.

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  • Dietrich Oberwittler, Sebastian Roché
  • Trust In Justice

Experiences, perceptions and attitudes – variations of police-adolescents relationships in French and German Cities

Young males are the demographic group most likely to have a strained relationship with the police. One doesn’t necessarily need to look to scientific studies to support this view. In riots and violent protests which have occurred in several West European cities over the last couple of years, adolescent boys and young men have universally dominated the rioting crowds, in accordance with the mean peak age of delinquent behavior more generally. However, it seems less challenging to investigate the reasons for this demographic pattern than to ask the question why some young males do have a strained relationship with the police, and others don’t.

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  • Martin Killias
  • ESC European Criminology Award

Commitment to Evidence-based Criminology

Receiving a Distinction, such as the European Criminology Award, is a good reason to look back and forward at once. How did it start, where are we now, and what the future will bring? In my case, looking back means paying tribute to the many people who have helped me throughout my career. Read more

  • Marcelo F. Aebi, Pierre Margot
  • ESC European Criminology Award

Martin Killias

Martin Killias has often mentioned that he really discovered criminology in 1973, when Marshall Clinard hired him as his research assistant for the fieldwork that led to the publication of Cities with Little Crime: The Case of Switzerland. By that time, Martin had already earned a Law degree from the University of Zurich and, immediately after, he started studying Sociology and preparing his Ph.D. in Law, while also working as a researcher at the Law Department of his alma mater.

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  • Nerea Marteache
  • ESC Young Criminologist Award

The Role of Public Opinion in Criminal Justice Policy Making

The trend towards more punitive criminal policies over the last few decades in Western countries is a widely studied phenomenon. One of the factors involved in this trend is the ever-growing influence of public opinion in criminal policy and legislation (Garland 2001; Roberts et al. 2002). Social demands for legal intervention stem from public perceptions of crime and safety. Regardless of whether there is real evidence behind society’s concern about crime, quick and “tough on crime” initiatives have become popular responses.

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  • Henrik Tham

European Society in Budapest

Budapest! This Central-European city is aware of its grandeur and beauty. The splendor of the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire still visible, and when visiting one of the many cafés one can easily imagine the vibrant social and intellectual life that took place there, with the great Hungarian artists and intellectuals of the late 19th and early 20th century sitting around the tables.

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