The increasingly important topic of comparative criminal justice is examined from an original and insightful perspective by one of the top scholars in the field. Addressing the need for a globalized criminology, David Nelken looks at why we should study crime and criminal justice in a comparative and international context, and the difficulties we encounter when we do. Evaluating 'global' trends in crime, risk and security, the book draws upon the author’s experience of working in a number of settings around the world. A range of case studies are included to illustrate the discussion, covering areas such as white collar crime, juvenile delinquency, and organized crime.
In this final chapter, by way of conclusion, I discuss in turn the place of knowledge, understanding and method in comparative criminal justice and the role of researchers in constructing discourses about other peoples’ systems of criminal justice. After describing some of the traps lying in wait for those who ...