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The idea of a Southern Criminology


Travers, M, The idea of a Southern Criminology, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 43, (1) pp. 1-12. ISSN 0192-4036 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01924036.2017.1394337


Southern Criminology is a theoretical perspective that shifts the focus from the state criminal justice process to global inequalities, transnational crime, and postcolonial politics. While recognising the importance of this shift in perspective for a globalising world, this paper asks two difficult questions. Firstly, how easy is it to generalise about whole regions of the world in advancing a political viewpoint? Secondly, is it possible for those in the West to imagine an alternative global criminology, if non-Western societies really do have different cultural values and epistemologies? For example, how should we respond to traditional practices among Indigenous Australians or a Confucian understanding of crime? These questions may make a Southern Criminology sound impossible in the same way as other varieties of critical theory. But this paper is intended to strengthen this emerging movement by acknowledging, and working through, potential difficulties.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Postcolonial, Southern Criminology, critical theory, globalisation, cultural values, diversity
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Comparative law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:124781
Year Published:2019 (online first 2017)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2018-03-08
Last Modified:2019-03-14

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