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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 22 May 2024

p. 45621. Cybercrime: A social ecologylocked

p. 45621. Cybercrime: A social ecologylocked

  • Ben Collier
  •  and Alice Hutchings


This chapter outlines the social ecology of cybercrime. The national and international contours of power, crime, and harm emerging in Internet societies lies at the heart of many crucial areas of contemporary criminological debate. Despite the increasing prominence of cybercrime, its integration into mainstream criminology remains fragmented and piecemeal. Moreover, cybercrime studies are breaking new frontiers in novel forms of empirical work after drawing on the very large datasets made available in online forums, chat channels, and social media. The chapter explains how collaborations from different disciplines might form the seeds of an optimistic future for the criminology of cybercrime.

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