Travels of the Criminal Question: Cultural Embeddedness and Diffusion (Onati International Series in Law and Society)

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The expression 'the criminal question' does not at present have much currency in English language criminology. The term was carried across from Italian debates about the orientation of criminology, and, in particular, debates about what came to be called critical criminology. One definition offered early in the debate described it as 'an area constituted by actions, institutions, policies, and discourses whose boundaries shift.' According to this writer, crime - and the cultural and symbolic significance carried by law and criminal justice - is an integral aspect of the criminal question. 'The criminal question' draws attention to the specific location and constitution of a given field of forces, as well as the themes, issues, dilemmas, and debates that compose it. At the same time, it enables connections to be made between these embedded realities and the wider - conceivably global - contours of influence and flows of power with which it connects. This in turn raises many questions. How far do the responses to crime and punishment internationally flow from and owe their contemporary shape to the cultural and economic transformations now widely known as 'globalization?' How can something that is - in significant ways - embedded, situated, and locally produced also travel? What is not in doubt is that it does travel and travel with serious consequences. The international circulation of discourses and practices has become a pressing issue for scholars who try to understand their operation in their own particular cultural contexts. Travels of the Criminal Question is a collection of essays with a constructive comparative view of these tendencies to convergence and divergence, looking at the relationship between crime and punishment and globalization. (Series: Onati International Series in Law and Society)

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Dario Melossi is a Professor of Criminology in the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna.
Maximo Sozzo is Professor of Sociology and Criminology in the Faculty of Social and Juridical Sciences at the National University of Litoral.
Richard Sparks is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh.

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It is impossible to do justice to a collection as rich as this within the limits of a journal book review. I can do no better than to encourage the reader to lay their hands on this anthology and explore the depth and breadth of each different analytical format, as presented by the various contributors.

...the themes which are presented in the papers in this collection are essential for a developed understanding of the future of criminology, and in general to understand analytical sociology. In addition, cultural richness acts as a springboard for deciphering the sociology of law, which can open windows of understanding into the exploration of cultural differences historically, economically, politically and ethically.

The collection is a credit to the editors and to the Onati workshop tradition. It would also be remiss not to compliment Hart Publishing for their adventurous collaboration with the ISIL, which enables much wider access to what would otherwise be a limited and even monastic research experience. This is one of the best collections in the Onati series to date, and merits the careful consideration of those interested in cultural theorising as it relates to law, criminology, anthropology and applied sociology. (Mark Findlay Singapore Journal of Legal Studies)

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