This lively and accessible text provides an introduction to the history of crime and crime control. It explains the historical background that is essential for an understanding of contemporary criminal justice and examines the historical context for contemporary criminological debates. For each topic, the book provides an overview of current research, comment on current arguments, and links to wider debates.

History, Criminology and ‘Historical Criminology’

History, Criminology and ‘Historical Criminology’

History, criminology and ‘historical criminology’


Chapter 2:

  • Provides an introduction to the history of criminology and the development of historical studies of crime.
  • Questions whether historians and criminologists are now beginning to use similar methodological and theoretical models to study crime and policing.
  • Asks whether the relationship can be characterized as an overlap, collision or convergence of interest; and what the implications are of the growing relationship between history and criminology. This chapter attempts to answer this question with reference to extracts of criminological and historical writing.

Key Terms

criminology crime history historical criminology discipline

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