Criminology, globalization and human rights

Authored by: Russell Hogg

The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138931176
eBook ISBN: 9781315679891
Adobe ISBN: 9781317395553


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Criminology throughout its short history has been overwhelmingly concerned with domestic crime and criminal justice within the internal life of liberal democratic societies. It is only relatively recently that any concerted attention has been paid to the most lethal and atrocious of crimes, those involving gross abuses of human rights. But this oversight also stems from the global context that shaped the emergence and concerns of criminology. This chapter will explore that context, and consider how contemporary globalizing forces have influenced criminology’s belated engagement with questions of human rights and the challenges these forces pose for both criminology and the human rights movement.

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