In the globalized world an extensive process of international migration has developed. The resulting conundrum of issues when examining crime and migration makes for a bitterly complex and intriguing set of debates.
In this compelling account, Dario Melossi provides an authoritative take on the theory and research examining the connection of crime, migration and punishment. Through a socio-historical and criminological approach, he shows that the core questions of migrants' criminal behaviour are tightly related to the rules and practices of migrants' reception within the various countries' social and normative structures.
Written for students, academics, researchers and activists with an interest in the topic, the book will appeal to individuals in a range of disciplines, from criminology and sociology to politics, international relations, ethnic studies, geography, social policy and development.
Compact Criminology is an exciting series that invigorates and challenges the international field of criminology.
Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice – offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics. They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach. Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.
Compact Criminology provides a new type of tool for teaching, learning and research, one that is flexible and light on its feet. The series addresses fundamental needs in the growing and increasingly differentiated field of criminology.
Chapter One: Crime and Migration, Development of a Relationship
Crime and Migration, Development of a Relationship
As I mentioned in the introduction, a comparative, and historical, perspective on the relationship between crime, punishment and migration shows that the processes of criminalization of migrants are connected, to a large extent, to the norms and practices of the countries where they are admitted. In fact, countries historically based in immigration show less crime by immigrants and less punishment of immigrants. Indeed, it is very hard to separate the human experience of mobility from definitions and labels of crime. The very fact of social change may be somehow connected, within stable, conservative societies, to notions of crime. Innovating is, in these societies, akin to crime — as Merton (1938) was to ...