Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.
It is becoming more important in the modern, globalized period to understand the power of illicit and illegal acts and actors in shaping our world. Opening with chapters that look across the diverse terrain of global crime, this Research Agenda moves on to consider key specific areas, including: organised crime, cyber crime, war crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. Offering both critical reviews of key theories and in-depth case studies, this Research Agenda challenges the notion that criminal acts in a global age are solely the preserve of organised criminal groups, highlighting the role of other actors including governments, armies and corporations.
A vital source of reference for criminology and sociology undergraduate, and post-graduate students, as well as those from a host of other social science disciplines, this Research Agenda will provoke thought and discussion across these topics. It will also be of great benefit for policy makers and practitioners working to better understand and combat transnational crime.
'This is a book that shows how legality and illegality are indeed limited concepts when it comes to global and transnational crimes. It successfully explores legal and conceptual diversities, but also procedural and thematic convergence in our globalized world where, to quote Hannah Arendt and to echo the authors of this text, certain harmful conducts simply "explode the limits of legal thought", leading to a constant need for deeper tools for analysis.'
– Anna Sergi, University of Essex, UK, and University of Turin, Italy
'Adopting the perspective that our world is increasingly tied together by flows that combine both licit and illicit, this timely volume pushes criminology into dialogue with wider debates about transnationalism and globalism, showing that crime can usefully be examined through a relational and geographical lens. But more than this, the book represents the state of the art in contemporary criminology, showing how the discipline is expanding to encompass multiple forms of economic and environmental exploitation, from human trafficking and drug smuggling through to corporate crime and environmental abuses. An exciting collection that underscores the value of inter-disciplinary thinking on questions of crime and criminology.'
– Philip Hubbard, King's College London, UK
Contributors: R. Altopiedi, M. Clement, N. Groombridge, T. Hall, D. Hobbs, R. Hudson, J. Large, J. Lea, C. Martin, D. Mitchell, V. Scalia, S. Stephenson, M. Yar.
Edited by Tim Hall and Vincenzo Scalia, University of Winchester, UK.