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The idea of a Southern Criminology

Travers, M ORCID: 0000-0002-4470-593X 2017 , 'The idea of a Southern Criminology' , International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice , pp. 1-12 , doi:

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Travers, M
Keywords: Postcolonial, Southern Criminology, critical theory, globalisation, cultural values, diversity
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0192-4036
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Copyright 2017 School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

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