Criminology, globalization and human rights

Hogg, Russell (2016) Criminology, globalization and human rights. In Weber, Leanne, Fishwick, Elaine, & Marmo, Marinella (Eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, pp. 102-111.

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Criminology is a relative late-comer to the study of the worst of crimes, like crimes against peace, genocide, torture and other gross human rights abuses. This historical neglect stemmed in large part from criminology’s provenance as an adjunct of modern government and its characteristic forms and practices of rule, what I have elsewhere referred to as Hobbesian criminology. For a very long time this caused criminology to focus almost exclusively on empirical inquiry, causal explanation and policy responses relating to everyday crimes against domestic order and the typically poor, young and powerless individuals who perpetrated them. Post war advances in international humanitarian and human rights law – alongside growing global awareness and activism around the atrocities perpetrated by states against their own citizens as well as other peoples - challenged criminology to redefine its intellectual and political horizons, a challenge most forcefully registered by Herman and Julia Schwendinger in their 1975 essay ‘Defenders of order or guardians of human rights?’ But in addition to these advances the constellation of forces grouped under the term ‘globalization’ have, since that essay was published, further seriously destabilized the old political, cultural and disciplinary boundaries within which Hobbesian criminology had nestled, creating further ‘pull’ factors for criminology to address new global disorders and human rights abuses. However, it is one thing to argue that criminology should take up this challenge; it is another to consider what it might bring to the table. After tracing this growing engagement of criminology and human rights, the chapter will consider some insights that criminology might contribute to human rights-based analysis of contemporary global disorders.

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ID Code: 99908
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Criminology, Human rights, Globalization
ISBN: 9781138931176
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2016 23:11
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 04:44

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